Why is there something?

  (02 September 10)
  by Greg Spearritt

The old question has a new answer. Why is there something rather than nothing? According to Stephen Hawking’s new book, the answer is… gravity. He may as well as have said ‘42’.

 

Scientists – even eminent ones – don’t seem to be especially good at distinguishing ‘how’ questions from ‘why’ ones. Even if the spontaneous arising of the universe can be explained by gravity, it still doesn’t (and can’t) address whether some incorporeal Designer intended it or created the law of gravity. The why question is about purpose and meaning, not about mechanism. (The answer, of course, may be: ‘no reason, that’s just the way it is’.)

 

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1 comments

Paul Davies says much the same: http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/books/behind-big-bang-swirls-mystery-of-the-big-gap-20100904-14vdu.html


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