Something from Nothing, Part 2

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“Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist.”- Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow, from “The Grand Design”
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My previous entries here have set the stage for this position. It is, of course, thoroughly in agreement with ancient Vedic wisdom, which sees the universe as eternally self-generative and it is not so far from the Buddhist notion of “the void” from which all things spring and to which all things return.
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Image: “Continuous Emergence” by Tullio DeSantis, ink on paper, 2010.
YouTube Video by Sean Carroll at blogs.discovermagazine.com
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One response to “Something from Nothing, Part 2

  1. rafael nunez

    I am always interested in what Stephen Hawking has to say but in this case I do not agree with him. I was raised catholic I believe in Christ but I am not what you would call a devout catholic. I am also not a mathematician genius. Having said that, I tried to look at this video from an atheist’s point of view and the result was the same. Some people say that religion and god where created by ordinary men. But then again Stephen Hawking is just a man as well. A man who is trying to answer many of the universes most intriguing questions and thus he ends up with many theories to explain many of these questions. However, a theory is basically an educated guess and not really a fact. In the end what I really want to say is that Stephen Hawking is just a man and just as I cannot prove that there is a god he cannot prove that god is not real. All that I can do is have faith that there is a god and all that he can do is hope that he is right.

    Rafael Nunez

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