Image by nasa hq photo via FlickrStephen 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.
* 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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