posted on Sep, 4 2014 @ 01:52 PM
One of my favorite science lecturers is Lawrence Krauss, because he understands the need for science to explain how a universe can arise from nothing
without a God. One of the greatest mysteries of the universe is why we have something rather than nothing. Krauss argues that entire universes can
arise from nothing because when you combine the laws of quantum mechanics and relativity it tells you that space and time can spontaneously appear
where there was previously no space or time. He then goes onto argue that even the laws of physics themselves could be random, and we just happen to
live in a universe where the laws of nature provide the right conditions for intelligent life.
If you're paying close attention however, this logic is not entirely correct, and I think Krauss knows it is not correct. Consider a universe
consisting of complete nothingness, no space, time, or energy, or even laws. But using simple logic we know that if we have no laws, nothing will ever
change, nothing will ever happen. For something to happen we need a law which says things can happen, we need a law which says that space, time,
energy, and laws to govern them, can spontaneously appear out of nothingness at random times. That sounds exactly like quantum mechanics to me, QM is
all about randomness and things occurring without a preceding cause (aka non-deterministic).
Without the laws of QM you cannot get a bunch of different universes with different laws. Those universes and their laws will only appear from
nothingness if there's a law which says that can happen. In summary, what I am saying, is that the laws of QM are intrinsically fundamental to the way
the universe works, nothing could exist were it not for the laws of QM and their ability to transcend nothingness. This epiphany has personally helped
me to have a much deeper and more intuitive understanding of QM and the randomness associated with it. It really is quite an amazing concept when you
really stop and think hard about it, but I find it hard to express in words.
But at the end of the day I'm not sure any of this really answers why we have something rather than nothing. Why is there an intrinsic law to reality
which allows things to randomly appear from nothing, it would still make more sense for nothing at all to exist, yet here we are talking about
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