Sunday, August 9, 2015 4:05 AM

Make Your Own Dirt

Sunday, August 9, 2015 4:05 AM
Sunday, August 9, 2015 4:05 AM

There is a new book out entitled “A Universe From Nothing” in which the author says that he can explain how the universe came to be from nothing and therefore no God needed. How many times can scientist try to get around the fundamental problem that they have no answer for the original beginning of physical stuff? Scientist can explain how things are arranged, but they have no explanation for the original stuff. Here is a portion of the review of the book by a scientist a bit smarter than the guy that wrote the book.

“It happens that ever since the scientific revolution of the 17th century, what physics has given us in the way of candidates for the fundamental laws of nature have as a general rule simply taken it for granted that there is, at the bottom of everything, some basic, elementary, eternally persisting,  physical stuff. Newton, for example, took that elementary stuff to consist of material particles. And physicists at the end of the 19th century took that elementary stuff to consist of both material particles and electro­magnetic fields.

Since then insofar as physics has ever been able to imagine, is how that elementary stuff is arranged. But the laws have no bearing whatsoever on questions of where the elementary stuff came from.” (David Albert is a professor of philosophy at Columbia and the author of “Quantum Mechanics and Experience.”)

It reminds me of the joke about a conversation between God and two scientists. The scientists tell God that they can recreate the earth in their lab. They claim they know the complete process for they have discovered all of the elements in dirt. God says fine, go ahead. So they reach down and pick up some dirt and head for the lab, but God says oh no fellas, first you need to make your own dirt.

First there is God and then there is the scientist…easy for everyone to understand but the scientist.

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