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Science Fiction

2010-09-14

LONDON (Reuters) – God did not create the universe and the “Big Bang” was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics, the eminent British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking argues in a new book.

In “The Grand Design,” co-authored with U.S. physicist Leonard Mlodinow, Hawking says a new series of theories made a creator of the universe redundant, according to the Times newspaper which published extracts on Thursday.

“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,” Hawking writes.

“It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.”

I think Hawking has sacrificed science on the altar of God-hate. What makes a brilliant mind spew such utter nonsense, such laughable anti-science?

Science is all about observation and experimentation and falsifiablilty, but there has been a resolute march away from the concrete to the purely mathematical, because if you can cook the formulas with enough imaginary ingredients, not only will people think you’re smart but you also get to invent whatever you want. Formulas can’t account for the mass of the universe? Invent “dark matter”. Run into the brick wall of abiogenesis? Say it started a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away where we can’t observe it-- and so our pet theory can’t be falsified.

But what of Hawking’s statements then? Doesn’t “The Grand DESIGN” mean there was a Grand Designer? Design cannot be denied; just a surface-skimming of the natural world tells us that the only alternative to explaining how bees and flowers exist because God designed them as interdependent from the start, is to make-believe that they just happened to evolve at precisely the same rate--- for millions of years. Yeah, that’s the ticket--- time is the magic wand we need so we can pretend there’s no God. Multiply that by the number of inter- and multi-dependent biological systems and you get a glimpse of the absurdity of design without a Designer.

Then there’s the even more ridiculous claim that “the universe can and will create itself from nothing.” Pul-eeze! Paint this picture for me, Steve: there’s nuthin’. For a bazillion years (whatever that means when there’s no way to measure time). No matter, no laws, no forces, nuthin’. Now tell me how ANYTHING HAPPENED. To nuthin’. Explain that, Steve. I know I’m a peasant and a fool for my psychological crutch and all, but do try. I need something more than BLIND FAITH here, Steve.

If this is the depth to which eminent physicists have sunk, we have only the bleakest future ahead of us, as science is transmorgrified into a bizarre religion of Lord Dark Matter the Magical. It lives in a rainbow and lollipop universe where the observable laws of physics are discarded in favor of beliving things can cause themselves to exist, and we are told to blindly swallow the dogma of our betters when they say We now know the moon is demonstrably not there when nobody looks.* (That’s a REAL science site, by the way, so be sure to look at their other articles.)

And these atheists have the gall to mock OUR faith. Whatever.

* ADDED: see also this article

6 Comments

jane

"bizarre religion of Lord Dark Matter the Magical. It lives in a rainbow and lollipop universe where the observable laws of physics’

ok you know those ’boards’ that have the emoticon and avatars you can add, well, here’s one,

:lol:

a little person on floor laughing hysterically, oh That is just So good, Lord Dark Matter the Magical...lives in a rainbow [lol] and [roflmao] lollipop universe

OH I haven’t laughed so hard....in a long time, that was BRILLIANT!!!

oh you’re too funny, keep em coming, Lord Dark Matter,

bwwwaaaaa lol, can I borrow that one?

:)

Jane

Paula Fether

Glad I could brighten your day, Jane. :-D Borrow with impunity!

I can find an appropriate emoticon, but the trick is getting it into Wordpress where people could just copy/paste. Hmm...

Paula Fether

Got it...

Just type : lol : (without the spaces)

Instructions for all Wordpress smilies are Here, but I uploaded a different image for the lol one.

Greg Anderson

So lemme get this straight, cuz’ Hawking sez it, it’s gotta be true? And I’m sposeta’ swallow it hook line and sinker? So how does Hawking rate as rightful grand poohbah of tautology?

Here’s what Nikola Tesla, one of the greatest minds to ever impact the 20th century had to say:

“...Today’s scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality...”

and:

“...The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane...”

Both quotes are from: ~ Modern Mechanics and Inventions, July 1934 ~, evidently a periodical from that time.

Paula Fether

Yeppers, Greg. U gots it.

I read Tesla’s biography many years ago and should try and find a copy of my own. The guy was a genius but didn’t play by the Big Boys’ rules, so he was never given his due, and our schools have been teaching inferior science. When he died his papers were confiscated and never seen in public again.

We could have had free, clean, abundant energy without wires a long time ago. But as one of the moguls Tesla showed his inventions to said, "If I can’t put a meter on it, I’m not interested." People need to know that this mentality is why the world is so messed up: why the poor countries never rise, why we’re still dependent on oil, why the cure for ________ (insert dreaded disease here) is always "just around the corner" so we’ll keep feeding it money, etc.

Greg Anderson

Allow me to issue a caveat to my previous comment, as there may be those who might consider it to be just more piffle from a fundamentalist rube who wouldn’t know a quadratic from a cubic.

Tesla NEVER meant to disparage Mathematics at all, only those to whom it (Mathematics) has become an end in itself, rather than a pick and shovel by which we can discover God’s thoughts after him.