Thank you for taking the time out, to give me this information. But isn’t that what I said, in my ordinary bloke way? The best explanation is that the universe started at the beginning. The beginning of time. Before that, there was no time or space. But, as Write4U keeps banging on about, there was potential. That fluctuation isn’t something we would identify as a “thing”, otherwise that would be a part of the universe. Nothing we experience in this world, can bring itself into being. Plus we know that matter and energy are never created, or destroyed. So matter and energy must have been the material that was used to create the universe, time, and space. Sounds contradictory. Matter is the substance of which all material is made. That means objects which have mass. Energy is used in science to describe how much potential a physical system has to change. In physics, energy is a property of matter. It can be transferred between objects, and converted in form. What is the relationship between matter and energy? Energy is a property that matter has. The same amount matter can have different amounts of energy and so represent different states of matter. For example, if you add energy to an ice cube made of water, it becomes liquid water, and if you add even more energy, it becomes steam. So energy and matter are really the same thing. Completely interchangeable. And finally, Although energy and mass are related through special relativity, mass and space are related through general relativity. ... So in a way, energy, matter, space and time are all aspects of the same thing. If the energy from the BB can neither be created or destroyed, then it stands to reason that it was never created. It always is. But in a state that is unrecognisable (no thing from our perspective) “Real” is the stuff of “reality”. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image! It is “reality” if we can’t sense it. From there we can infer, and make predictions. But that is not the same as knowing it via our senses, and understanding it through science, and philosophy. I agree. We can’t imagine nothing, because there is no such thing as nothing. While we cannot see time, space, energy in its pre, in the beginning phase. But there is a state of no thing which we can observe, as far as our understanding will take us. This is outside the realm of science, and into the realm of metaphysics, and philosophy. Fluctuations in time, kind of suggests time was first guest at the party. Doesn’t the BBT state that everything came into being simultaneously? “Deity” sounds religious. If I we’re to speculate, it would be on an agent with an intelligent mind, that could transform the random fluctuations, into a manifestation. Coding into it, laws, to govern and maintain it. Look up “prakriti”. It’s quite interesting. Science should be striving for that.