Not quite. It has measured that the universe 14 billion year ago was
very different from now, ie very hot and dense. All else is theory -
some theories have a beginning, others don't.

Cheers

On Sat, Nov 10, 2012 at 05:50:38AM -0500, Roger Clough wrote:
> Hi Stephen,  
> 
> Science has meaured the beginning of the universe
> to have occured about 14 billion years ago.
> So it has a beginning.
> 
> 
> Roger Clough, rclo...@verizon.net 
> 11/10/2012  
> "Forever is a long time, especially near the end." -Woody Allen 
> 
> 
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> From: Hal Ruhl  
> Receiver: everything-list  
> Time: 2012-11-09, 12:26:47 
> Subject: RE: Life: origin, purpose, and qualia spectrum 
> 
> 
> Hi Stepen: 
> 
> Interesting post. 
> 
> I indicated in the initiating posts that life should rapidly appear where 
> the conditions supporting it are found. 
> 
> I suspect that in most cases the sphere of influence for a particular 
> instance of a biosphere is small when compared to the size of the universe. 
> Therefore I propose to change "heat death" to "operative heat death" re your 
> "finite resolving power" for observers. This should allow for the 
> possibility of an "open" universe.  
> 
> I am also considering changing "purpose of life" to "function of life". 
> 
> Thanks 
> 
> Hal 
> 
> 
> Dear Hal, 
> 
>      What consequences would there be is the Universe (all that exists) is 
> truly infinite and eternal (no absolute beginning or end) and what we 
> observe as a finite (spatially and temporally) universe is just the result 
> of our finite ability to compute the contents of our observations? It is 
> helpful to remember that thermodynamic arguments, such as the heat engine 
> concept, apply only to closed systems. It is better to assume open systems 
> and finite resolving power (or equivalently finite computational abilities) 
> for observers. 
> 
> -- 
> Onward! 
> 
> Stephen 
> 
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