Friday, September 03, 2010

Stephen Hawking Jumps The Shark

Stephen Hawking NASA 50th (200804210002HQ)Image by nasa hq photo via Flickr
Stephen Hawking jumps the shark:

"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.

This is the best that one of the greatest minds on the planet has to offer?  Maybe it gets better if you read everything he said; but this is incoherent on about every possible level.

For starters:

* If there is really and truly nothing, then where does gravity come from?

* Why do natural laws exist at all, and why  are the natural laws what they are as opposed to some other thing?  Why, e.g., is there gravity in the first place, and why does it have the strength it has as opposed to some other strength?

* The terms spontaneous creation and reason are incoherent when used together. If creation was spontaneous, then there may be a cause for the universe but there is no reason for it;  reason becomes an incoherent concept and an absurd quest. Spontaneous generation of the universe may explain how we came to exist, but not why -- because there can be no why under this scenario.

Hawking's comment appears to be nothing more than atheist dogma -- "from nothing, by nothing, for nothing" -- in pseudo-scientific drag.

Stephen's wife, Jane, here.

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Bert said...

Some people are so smart they are stupid.

Anonymous said...

I love it when smart people try to understand and explain the universe...its like watching an octopus fold up a lawn chair. If he was as smart as they say he is he'd at least end with.."but I could be wrong". billg

OnPointOffTopic said...

“A proof is a proof. What kind of a proof? It's a proof. A proof is a proof. And when you have a good proof, it's because it's proven.”

philosoraptor said...

It takes an exceptional degree of self-delusion to think that you are providing any intellectual surprises to Hawking on these matters; however, I suppose it's no more than is required to believe in supernatural imaginary friends.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Mr Hawking, but who made gravity? What existed before the Big Bang and who made it bang. Have there been many big bangs? does the universe expand and contract. Why? how? the finger of God?

My inadequate brain cannot comprehend the idea of unending space. If I even have fleeting doubts about the existence of God I merely look up and think about the universe.

Anonymous with only an Arts Degree.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Hawking worries about spontaneous combustion? :-))

Anonymous said...

i want to see this something from nothing. hell, it just might catch on. no shortage of food, fuel or any of the necessities of life. wow, something from nothing. you would almost have to be God or something.

Anonymous said...

It's absurd to postulate that the universe spontaneously created itself, just as it's absurd to postulate that the universe always existed.

There simply has to be a god...who either spontaneously created itself or always existed.

Joe_Agnost said...

anonymous wrote: "There simply has to be a god...who either spontaneously created itself or always existed."

Exactly!! ;)

How they don't see this themselves is beyond me...

"... nothing intellectually compelling or challenging.. bald assertions coupled to superstition... woefully pathetic"