Savannah- I've grouped all your questions together, since some of them
overlap. I'll start with the easier ones which we can sort of answer
and work towards the ones that stump us.
"why cant animals speak english?"
Of course the vast majority of people can't speak English either.
No one is born with any particular language, we all have to pick up our
language from people around us. Of course other animals can't speak ANY
human language, although a few can understand a bit and also use a
little sign language if taught. People seem to be very special language
users, so it's really us who need to be explained. Probably once our
ancestors got smart enough language became useful in helping them with
practical matters, like hunting, and in winning mates etc. There are
lots of books on attempts to understand how language developed, and I'm
sure you'll like to read some as you get older.
"why are other planets different than earth?"
There's no particular reason they should be just like Earth, just
like there's no particular reason that different parts of the Earth
should be just like each other. In fact, there's a good reason for
different planets to be different, since ones closer to the Sun are
going to be hotter.
"Will the sun every expand and blow-up the Earth?"
Yes, the stronomers can keep track of how different types of stars
age. They say that stars like the Sun go through a stage where they
expand a lot into something called Red Giants. That will fry the Earth,
but it won't happen for a few billion years.
"where does the universe end? "
We don't think it has any edge. It might just go on forever, or it
might wrap back around on itself. I know that idea is hard to picture.
"will time ever end? And if it does, does that mean we will end to?"
We don't have any particular reason to think that time will somehow
end. We have every reason to think that we will end, but if we're
serious about taking care of our environment and our society, that may
not be for a very long time.
"why do we exist? why were we made?" So far as we can tell, we
evolved the same way other animals and plants did. Bit by bit, little
changes in living things that make them able to have more offspring
acumulate and leave changed organisms. Over four billion years, some
pretty fancy organisms, like us, can evolve.
"why does anything and everything exist?"
We really have no idea why there's something rather than nothing.
"how was god made?" Here I don't personally understand the
question. Perhaps you have a parent or neighbor who believes that a god
exists who could explain what they mean by it and perhaps give some
thoughts on this question.
(republished on 07/17/06)