The Universe Exists because I said so...

I just finished reading Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow's new book called, The Grand Design. This book is typical of most scientists who simply use their books as a way to show that God does not exist. In this book they say, "spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going (pg. 180)."

My apologies to Stephen Hawking but his explanation for the existence of the universe is terrible. In any other area of our lives we would not accept such shallow and weak arguments. As an engineer I solve problems every day. Sometimes we will come up against a problem where we find a solution but the explanation is not adequate. We will say something like, "we fixed the problem, but we are not really sure why." This could mean that we don't understand what the fix is actually doing or it could mean that we did not fix the problem at all and it will come back to haunt us. Most of these times the problem will come back to haunt us. This book provides us with such a fix. It gives us an answer, but does not really satisfy the problem that it is addressing.

Hawkings' himself admits that the universe is fine tuned, but then he goes on to postulate that it is due to spontaneous creation. Is this really an answer? It is almost like a parent saying, "because I said so." This does not answer the complexity of the universe that we see around us. Nobody understands how the universe works completely in fact the more we investigate the less we seem to know. Do we understand the "quantum" world better than the Newtonian world? In fact, if we are being honest, we would have to admit that our understanding of the universe has decreased since the quantum world was discovered. What we thought we knew we did not actually understand.

I learned a long time ago in problem solving, that you should trust your intuition. If a solution does not seem adequate then it probably is not and you should keep investigating until you find the right one, otherwise you will not really solve the problem. I think this is what can be said to physicists who think the universe came spontaneously into being, or to biologists who think that random chance brought the earth its beauty. Both of these solutions are inadequate to the problems they are trying to solve and we should not be content with their answers.

We know what cancer is but we can't stop it. Why is that? It is because we don't understand the human body enough. If we knew exactly what was happening then we could stop it, but we don't, so we can't. If we don't understand the human body as it is, then why do we think we know how it came to be, or how the whole universe came to be? Common sense should tell us that we really don't know that much after all, instead we tell ourselves that we know everything or at least how everything came to be. The answers that these scientists give us are inadequate because they don't know what they are talking about. The don't have enough understanding of the problem to give a solution.

It is like a child who tells an adult that children are made by big tummies. The child's observation is correct but he does not know that he is looking at the symptom, not the source of the problem he is trying to solve. It is often very hard to distinguish the two unless there is complete understanding. The child's observation lacks information and understanding. His answer also does not do justice to the miracle of a new born. Why is the child similar to his parents? The child gives his answer to the best of his knowledge but he is limited by what he knows, this is the current plight of the scientist.

There is nobody in the world who will convince me that something came from nothing, or that order was created by disorder. Those answers are unsatisfactory and do not explain the problems they are trying to solve.You don't need to be a physicist or a scientist to know that, you just need common sense and logic.  It seems philosophy is not dead after all.


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