• Question: why does the universe exist?

    Asked by Anjali to Zena, Isabel, Ian, Frank on 19 Mar 2015.
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      Ian Sandal answered on 19 Mar 2015:

      That’s a very profound question and one that no one really knows the answer too.

      Some think that it was triggered by a random event and that there was no reason or design. They argue that where we think things are perfect (like the distance between the earth and the sun), this is only because we evolved this way and if it was different we just would have developed differently.

      Others say the underlying symmetry and Maths in the universe is so perfect there must be a purpose that we don’t yet understand.

      Which do you believe?