Because I am retired, there is no external, commercial, reason for me to continue to attempt to improve my mind and my knowledge. But self-satisfaction, and the ability to intelligently communicate, discuss and debate, drive me to occasionally read a book that is deeper than a rain-puddle oil slick.
The author: Lawrence M. Krauss
The book: A Universe From Nothing
The review: The very title gave the first indication that this author thinks deeper and more profoundly than many, especially Theists, and Christian apologists. When I asked Bing for an image of A Universe From Nothing book, the results page was titled The Universe From Nothing. Krauss has not ruled out the possibility that our special universe may not be the only one.
This book does for astrophysics, what Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time did. It describes and explains The Big Bang, and the universe, in simplified terms that anyone not wearing a MAGA hat can understand. Not that I sailed through its 191 pages in one evening. I limited myself to 10 pages a day, taking time to comprehend and assimilate.
Christian assholes apologists sometimes ask, “How can Something have come from Nothing?” Apparently, they either forget, or ignore the fact that, this is exactly what they claim their God did. Krauss explains recent cosmological discoveries, and how they are changing the definitions and usage of some words.
“Nothing,” whether outer space, (which is actually full of stardust and hydrogen atoms) or inner space, between the nuclei and electron orbits of atoms, or between the atoms of ‘solid’ matter, is not really “nothing.” Just below the quantum surface, it is aboil with huge amounts of energy and creative potential. “Nothing” is unstable! It is almost inevitable that something will pop out, to relieve the quantum pressure – anything from individual virtual particles, to our entire universe.
“Why is there something, instead of nothing?” implies intelligent intent and control. The question should be asked, “How is there something, instead of nothing?” Theoretically, The Big Bang should have produced equal amounts of matter, and anti-matter, which annihilated each other. A tiny random fluctuation in the initial expansion produced slightly more matter than anti-matter. The rest blasted itself back into the bubbling quantum energy morass. All the matter in the Universe is only a tiny fraction of its total mass.
Some Theistic arguers have claimed that the existence of pure, clear, mathematics, somehow indicates the existence of God. The same mathematics does not ‘prove’ that God does not exist, but it does show that God is redundant, unnecessary, and not evident in any of the research.
The Universe is not only stranger than we know; it is stranger than we can know, but we keep asking questions, and finding more and more answers.
What are you doing for Easter??
Oh, just hanging around. 😳