So I basically agree with this post. However, I want to state what I believe is a TRULY important distinction.
You say, ‘There are many scientists that entertain and encourage these trains of thoughts, so one cannot simply blame the layman.’ This is very true, but what I was trying to assert in my post, ‘The Universe,’ is fairly different than what you are asserting.
Disclaimer: The definition of science I am about to state is rarely actually used even by scientists. When I used the term science, I simply speak of the method, which FUNDAMENTALLY has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO with humans. In its purest science, is independent of humanity. You don’t need a human to do it. The results have to bearing on humanity and most importantly there is no emotional value to it.
I called the universe, ’simply a closed system.’ What I meant was that from observations we assert the existence of a big bang. A face value there IS NO reason that this should have been a preferred conclusion or assertion. Science (tried to) ‘assign’ an initial probability to all solution and then pared down the possibilities into a group of most likely realities that matched observations. It just so happens that this led us to a ‘BIG BANG’ theory. THIS IS IMPORTANT!!! This means that scientist did NOT go looking for a ‘Genisis’ like description of the our cosmos (i.e. a beginning, middle, end etc.). It just so happened that when they did go looking we more or less ’stumbled upon’ this solution. We did not specifically want it or did we change our data to make it appear as such. In the purest sense The DATA say there was a big bang NOT humans.
What DID happen, however, is that the INTERPRETATION (not the result itself) is what emulates Genesis. This is is an important distinction that I think that even most scientists neglect to acknowledge.
Brian Greene did say, “for the first time in the history of physics we therefore have a framework with the capacity to explain every fundamental feature upon which the universe is constructed.”
By reading this statement, you can almost hear the excitement (emotion) in his voice. This somehow means that this result is exciting, because even though we didn’t anticipate it, there serendipitously exists a fundamental similarity between what the DATA tells us and what we wanted (but lied and said we were indifferent) to happen.
The reason that I posted this response is because, I think this statement is misleading “for the first time in the history of the physics we have tempted ourselves into sculpting a fixed definition of a fundamental feature of the universe and indulged in the notion that such a definition encapsulates reality, which is right in line with our mythmaking inclinations as humans.”
It may be true that scientists indulge and can tempt themselves. Data does not. Thus I think we need to be careful to separate scientists for data (science) when talking about claims of science like the big bang or evolution.