The religious obsession with the Big Bang goes on and on, as does the related debate among scientists.
But the issues of metaphyics lurk to undermine certainties here. And here we have a direct connection to Kant and his famous antinomies, one of which relates directly to the issue of the Big Bang: there is a beginning in time, there is no beginning in time. This antinomy pertains directly to the Big Bang theory. This contradiction is intractable and sure enough the theory itself has reflected the antinomial background by generating larger theories in which the Big Bang is only a relative beginning (with our without the puzzling multiverse theory). Related to the antinomial issue is the most basic puzzle that attends the whole discourse: If the Big Bang is the ‘beginning of time’ what came before? We cannot think our way out of this kind of confusion. In fact, in the Kantian resolution we see the logical dilemma as insoluble leads to transcendental idealism (which is not transcendental nor really an idealism a la Hegel) which seems to suggest that space-time are constructs of mind. This is problematical and a much detested ‘non-conclusion’ scorned by hard materialists. There is a consolation prize here, apparently: if TI is right then we seem to have a simpler approach to space travel that the complications of rocket science. For that we may be locked in a Zen monastery, for keeps.
In just 18 minutes, Miller lays to rest any reasonable doubts that our universe must have had a beginning. As in, “In the beginning.”