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Author Topic: Lawrence Krauss declares that God "Probably" doesnt exist.
Stephen
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Post Lawrence Krauss declares that God "Probably" doesnt exist.
on: December 19, 2012, 21:29
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The universe emerged from a quantum fluctuation, therefore God "probably" doesn't exist. That is Dr. Krauss's message to the world in his latest book called A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing[i][/i]. You can see it on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Universe-Nothing-There-Something-Rather/dp/145162445X.

He propounds this novel idea (at least novel for physicists, as it is an argument that is a legacy of arguments that hold that randomness in evolution means that God doesn't exists) on PBS (http://www.npr.org/2012/12/11/166662494/does-science-refute-god)

Nonsense, says David Alpert, a man knowledgeable about both physics and the philosphical implications of quantum mechanics (a top flight quantum physicst and now professor of philosophy at Columbia University, he basically wrote the book on the philosophy of quantum mechanics.) Writing in the New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/25/books/review/a-universe-from-nothing-by-lawrence-m-krauss.html?_r=0, he says

"Lawrence M. Krauss, a well-known cosmologist and prolific popular-science writer, apparently means to announce to the world, in this new book, that the laws of quantum mechanics have in them the makings of a thoroughly scientific and adamantly secular explanation of why there is something rather than nothing. Period. Case closed. End of story. I kid you not. Look at the subtitle. Look at how Richard Dawkins sums it up in his afterword: 'Even the last remaining trump card of the theologian, ‘Why is there something rather than nothing?,’ shrivels up before your eyes as you read these pages. If ‘On the Origin of Species’ was biology’s deadliest blow to super­naturalism, we may come to see ‘A Universe From Nothing’ as the equivalent from cosmology. The title means exactly what it says. And what it says is ­devastating.'"

"Well, let’s see. There are lots of different sorts of conversations one might want to have about a claim like that: conversations, say, about what it is to explain something, and about what it is to be a law of nature, and about what it is to be a physical thing. But since the space I have is limited, let me put those niceties aside and try to be quick, and crude, and concrete."

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Post Re: Lawrence Krauss declares that God "Probably" doesnt exist.
on: November 9, 2013, 17:37
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Of course, these quantum laws are not remotely "nothing" at all!

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Post Re: Lawrence Krauss declares that God "Probably" doesnt exist.
on: November 10, 2013, 22:36
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Currently, we see the vacuum state of quantum mechanic, what Krauss wants to call nothing, as a powerful source of so-called virtual particles and anti-particles leaping in and out of a short-lived existences. Even ordinary light, according to modern quantum mechanics, is a result of its influence. So, the idea that the existence of a quantum vacuum proves that God doesn't exist is pretty wacky. Cynically, I think it is to just sell books.

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