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As Gordon Hempton points out, silence isn't necessarily an absence of sound but a presence all its own. And, in much the same way, physicist Janna Levin says, space isn't necessarily quiet either. Working at her lab at Columbia University, she projects that the universe creates an aural footprint that "will be music to our ears because it will be the quiet echo of that moment of our creation of our observable universe." If we can only pick it up...

In this presentation at TED 2011, she plays her projections of the sounds the universe makes — black holes merging and falling into one another, the "white noise of the Big Bang. It'll make you wonder about the biggest questions at the core of what it means to be a sentient being in this universe or the next.

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Astrophysicists tell us that soon after the Big Bang, sound
waves were responsible for creating the structure of the universe that we see
today. The bible tells us that God spoke when he/she/it created the universe,
which begets the question: Were those sound waves the words of God?

If you want to apply a human word (a label for a thought) to what "Source" started the structure, then yes you have a good hypothesis. However, try not to fall into the trap of starting with human labels (words) from 4000 years ago to interpret what is happening today. Truth is revealed and discovered, not owned by any one group of people's language or books.

That would depend on how one defines the word "word" and the word "God".

I told my kids we'd play after I found what I neeedd. Damnit.