You've probably heard the following:
"Fusion powers the stars"
Or the "reaction that powers the stars"
Then physicists will talk about the potential energy in a star (it happens ok).
Have you ever Considered....
The reason the fusion happens is the compression caused by masses falling in on each other. The compression is caused by the gravity. The gravity is caused by the mass. Gravity adds energy needed for fusion.
Gravity is what really powers the stars.. the universe
Gravity is caused by mass, mass causes more gravity, which attracts more material that causes more gravity... the recursions never end
Hydrogen fuses into helium, fuses into carbon... all fueled by gravity.
Am I wrong? I would love to have a discussion about this. Anyone out there have any thoughts?