Lawrence M. Krauss, a well-known cosmologist and prolific popular-science writer, apparently means to announce to the world, in this new book, that the laws of quantum mechanics have in them the makings of a thoroughly scientific and adamantly secular explanation of why there is something rather than nothing. Period. Case closed. End of story. I kid you not. Look at the subtitle. Look at how Richard Dawkins sums it up in his afterword: “Even the last remaining trump card of the theologian, ‘Why is there something rather than nothing?,’ shrivels up before your eyes as you read these pages. If ‘On the Origin of Species’ was biology’s deadliest blow to supernaturalism, we may come to see ‘A Universe From Nothing’ as the equivalent from cosmology. The title means exactly what it says. And what it says is devastating.”
Nothing has implied properties. Quantum laws have implied properties. Further, nothing has actual properties. Then, there is in fact, no nothing.
- A Universe from Nothing? David Albert Owns Lawrence Krauss (santitafarella.wordpress.com)
- Lawrence M. Krauss on A Universe from Nothing – Andrew P Street – TimeOut Sydney (richarddawkins.net)
Two things: First, there is some rather colorful language at the beginning and throughout regarding religion, sorta. Second, this is in response to a previous post about theologies of creation. I like the multi-sided view. So there.
HT – the Canadian who ain’t Todd Bentley but looks like him