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CLIP 444

The Big Bang - a scientist's view

The Big Bang - a scientist's view

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Key Info
  • The Big Bang - a scientist's view
  • Duration: 02:08
  • In this clip, scientist Professor Richard Dawkins explains that the age of the universe is believed to be 14 billion years and no one knows exactly what happened at the Big Bang. He explains that physicists believe that there is no such thing as 'before' this event, precluding the existence of God. He then explains that physicists believe the laws of physics and time itself came into being after the Big Bang.
  • Subject:

    Religious Education


    Religion and Science

  • Keywords: big bang, evolution, time, beginning, physics, science, Richard Dawkins, evidence, proof, belief, theism, atheism
Ideas for use in class
  • This is a useful introduction to the issues around the theory of the 'Big Bang' following some explanation of the theory in a little more detail. The clip could be viewed more than once in order to grasp all of the issues raised. Students could note down the main events of evolution as described in the rap. What are the main arguments of Richard Dawkins? Compare his views with those of a Creationist. Look up a definition of the word 'beginning'. Can we think of any event or experience that has no beginning? (This could be done prior to viewing.)
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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