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Originally posted by Crimelab
Here is why I slide from atheism to agnosticism to Buddhism. We (think) we can trace the beginning of the Universe back to the Big Bang. Well, what caused that? G*d? Ok, well, what created god? And what created that which created god? etc.. That is called an infinite regress. There is no end.
Now, from what I gather, Hawking is saying that as far as THIS Universe is concerned, there needn't be a Prime Mover that got everything started. It could have been the inevitable spontaneous reaction of some M-branes slipping in to each other in some Quantum Foam (or something like that). There is no evidence, and more to the contrary, that some "being" set all that we see in motion. It is much more probable that the laws of physics gave rise to everything that we know in this Universe.
If you want to argue that g*d created the Quantum Foam and the M-branes that allowed all of this to occur, then refer to paragraph one. Who/What created g*d? Is g*d just the end of the Infinite Regress? Since we can't fathom or understand it we just call it g*d? How terribly unscientific and unsatisfying.
Originally posted by Pinke
It would be like saying ... a bazooka is not neccessary to cause a fire. It's an opinion is it not? I think he is entitled to that opinion, and I don't know why so many people feel the need to comment on it.
Originally posted by 547000
Well, we know the universe is not eternal, that it definitely has a beginning and so an end. But whatever caused it had to be outside of the parameter of time. I think that thing is God.
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