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Annoyed at the actions of the only surviving hominid race on Planet Earth, the "creator" or as is known on earth, god, decides to grant a one-on-one interview with the most credible media interviewer on the planet.


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It began with a pinpoint of light; an infinitesimal pinpoint of light. It was infinitesimally dense. A particle of matter that was simply incomprehensible. The odds of this particle (for want of a better term) appearing at this place in time at this place in the vastness of nothingness, this "something from nothing", was estimated to be in excess of a trillion, trillion, trillion to one.

Yet, there it was. And then The Event occurred. He(1) was vaguely amused. Who He is, or is not, is not relevant to this story.

Modern science has named The Event, as named in this book, the Big Bang. This big bang was not so much initiated or set in motion. It was an inevitability. In other words, something had to happen somewhere at some point in time. Given an infinitely large universe that’s more or less homogeneous (like the part of the universe that can be seen with telescopes, instead of just being empty forever), then pretty much anything that’s remotely possible, that could conceivably be the result of a string of remotely possible causes, will happen somewhere.

It just so happened that He happened to be traveling by on his way from one universe to another when the new universe sprang into being. Literally something from nothing. So, being of infinite curiosity and no particular schedule to attend to, He decided to hang around to see what would happen. Time meant nothing to He. Time in the new universe began with The Event. He did not know if his presence caused The Event. Perhaps it did, perhaps it did not. No one knew. No one cared. It was just an event that could have quickly come and gone. However, that was not the case. He was amazed at the chain of events that quickly occurred, events He had not seen before. This rapidly expanding universe was pretty much empty of matter, but it harbored huge amounts of dark energy as it was much, much later to be called.

The new universe was dark for a long time after The Event, only truly lighting up when the first stars began shining after about 300 million years. Over time, stars gravitated together to form galaxies, leading to more and more large-scale structure in the new universe. Planets coalesced around some newly forming stars including one small star where after 3.8 billion years, life took root on several rocky planets where there was an abundance of water. He was fascinated and settled down to wait for an outcome, whatever that was to be.

Time(2) passed and the seas on two of the planets vanished due to a number of reasons; proximity to the star, incoming meteors and asteroids and other variable factors. The third planet thrived though also going through many tumultuous events such as continental drift. The enormous land mass became continents. Creatures of every size and shape appeared and died out.

(1) The use of the designation He does not imply that He was a male.

(2) Not in the modern human sense of time.

He observed the various epochs with multitudes of species of all shapes and sizes, appearing and disappearing and marvelled. He looked in wonder at the age of dinosaurs, their adaptability, their size and species variation and their eventual demise as an asteroid plunged through the atmosphere and almost shredded the small planet. Miraculously, it recovered.

After the dinosaurs had been rendered extinct by the errant asteroid, tiny mammals, long relegated to living hidden in underground tunnels and burrows, began to emerge. With the extermination of the dinosaurs, the mammalian creatures rapidly diversified and evolved during what was to become known as the Cenozoic age. Two million years passed during which time primates appeared, evolved and split into two groups; haplorrhines (dry-nosed) and strepsirrhines (wet-nosed). The haplorrhines developed into monkeys, gorillas, orangutans and apes - and eventually, early humans with the evolutionary line leading to hominins finally becoming distinct. This hominin line included the ancestors of the many branches of early humans. His curiosity was stirred with the appearance of the first ape walking on hind legs. Many different species appeared - and disappeared. Nature experimenting He thought to himself. A major leap forward for the two legged ape family was the taming of fire by the species that became known as Homo Erectus who along with numerous others of the hominoid species eventually went extinct.

There were many variations. Some came and went quickly. Others stayed around for many tens of thousands of years. One by one, they fell by the wayside leaving only the Homo Sapiens as the sole survivor after the last of the Neanderthals died out 30,000 years ago Before Modern Times. (BMT) He was rather sorrowful about the demise of the Neanderthals as they were quite likeable and inventive. But it was what is was. To the winner go the spoils.

Homo Sapiens, "modern humans" then appeared around 100,000 years ago BMT, give or take, and most of that 100,000 years they struggled to survive dealing with an erratic climate, animals they hunted and animals that hunted them, terrifying, unexplainable events and worst of all, each other.

As they began developing tools, managing fire and dealing with their environment, they also developed imaginations. Through imagination, they attempted to understand and come to grips with what we today regard as natural phenomena. They created under-worlds and nether worlds, spirit beings, fairies, ogres, gods and goddesses, after-lives and worship and sacrifices to the invisible spirits. And the imagination created questions for these invisible beings who inhabited the spirit world and who controlled their daily lives. After all, there had to be an explanation for all these terrible occurrences that happened on an ongoing basis. The volcanic eruptions, lightening, thunder, droughts, deluges, tsunamis, meteors, comets, earthquakes, blizzards, hail storms, eclipses of the moon and sun, the moon that incidentally grew bigger and then smaller on a regular basis, the sun that disappeared each day and reappeared the next, the twinkling lights in the sky that sometimes bloomed and then as quickly vanished.

The first cave art and art objects discovered suggest the various ages that preceded modern humans had some form of belief in the supernatural. The first apparent proof is the finding of pollen concentrations in Neanderthal graves that seems to indicate burying corpses with flowers. This indicates some form of concern for a post-death existence as a possibility. Not conclusive, but suggestive.


This European based evidence is dated back 40,000 years to 50,000 years BMT. Some dates of art from elsewhere are being debated, and possibly are older as found in Australia. The Roman and Greek goddess Venus figurines suggest belief in supernatural forces if not gods and goddesses. The Venus of Laussel is carved from limestone and shares many of the traits of a Venus figurine while remaining unique in terms of prehistoric art. Found in France and believed to be between 18,000 and 20,000 years old, this Venus is a rare example of a prehistoric bas-relief in some form of supernatural authority. So, we can say with some surety that belief in some supernatural being dates back to around 20,000 year BMT.

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