Why King David Said Atheism Is Foolish
The simple truism, "Nothing comes from nothing", creates an enormous roadblock to consistent atheism.
"a quantum theorist might claim that there have been an enormous number of universes, or that the universe reboots every zillion-zillion years."
11/25/2014 03:00:57 am
Also, no real difference between a mystic and a mathematician there, ISTM. Comes off to me like someone writing volumes about the life and habits of the purple unicorn. Can't prove that purple unicorns exist, and there is plenty of evidence that they do not exist. But, you know, if they DID exist, here are volumes of analysis of what they would be like.
11/25/2014 02:57:22 am
"Nothing comes from nothing" applies to math, too! Something must first exist, in order to measure it. You can't measure a nothing.
I posted a long review on my website of both books, but Greene's took a twist at the end with a lengthy chapter on how we could plausibly be part of a simulated multiverse. We could all just be video game characters in something like The Sims, and even part of a simulation that is one of an endless regress of simulations. Maybe we only even think the things we do because of how the program is run, and maybe there are glitches in the code. "Better live an interesting life so that the operator allows you to live," was some tongue-in-cheek advice. It strikes me that a brilliant physicist such as himself can do no better than what philosophers could do in Descartes' day. They will go out of their way to avoid any supreme being that is materially necessary for the existence of everything else.
12/4/2014 12:55:00 am
As a PPS, I found a couple episodes of William Lane Craig's podcast where he does a good job critiquing what Hawkins really means when he says "nothing." I recommend Craig to anyone interested.
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