Cosmic Bang Theory

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Part A:
1. Where did the culture you have chosen originate from?

The culture I have chosen originated from China. It was developed by Taoist monks a couple hundred years after Lao Zi who was believed to have been born in 571 BCE.

2. What is a brief outline of the cultural explanation chosen?

China has a variety of creation stories but the most well-known one is about P’an Ku. Long ago there was a time when neither heaven nor earth existed. Everything was in darkness, unformed and unseparated. The structure of the universe was trapped inside a single egg known as the Cosmic Egg. Within this yolk of chaos grew a giant.

The giant was called P’an Ku. He eventually emerges from the splitting in two of the cosmic egg because he grew too large.
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What are the similarities and/or differences with the cultural explanation and the model chosen? (Suggested as a table)

Similarities Differences
Cosmic Egg explanation and the Big Bang Theory. .Both agree that the universe had a beginning and is not infinite.
.Both believe in a singularity. .The Bang is a scientific theory and Pan Ku is a story.
.The P’an Ku explanation is that the universe was contained in an egg which split open to create the universe and the earth. The Big Bang Theory explains that the Universe exploded and was very hot.
.One believes in a superior being and the other believes in no ultimate being.

Part B:
Scientists believe the formation of the Solar System started around 4.6 billion years ago. They believe there was a huge molecular cloud and that a small part collapsed, possibly due to a shock wave from a close by supernova. This is known in science as a gravitational collapse which is (according to Wikipedia) “the inward fall of an astronomical object due to the influence of its own gravity which tends to draw the object toward its center of
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The process of accretion meant that debris within the disk surrounding the protostar came together into numerous clumps with grew larger to form into asteroids, moons, planets and other small bodies of mass found in our solar system today. All the changes that happened and that are happening in the solar system is due to accretion; the underlying process.
This model is called the solar nebular hypothesis and is the most widely accepted model. It was first developed by Emanuel Swedenborg, Immanuel Kant, and Pierre-Simon Laplace in the 18th century. Since the Solar System’s initial formation lots of moons have formed in circling discs of gas and dust around their parent planets. Some scientists think some moons formed independently and were later caught in a planets gravitational

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