Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The Ultimate Answer!

Slashdot reports that Stephan Hawking believes the universe spontaneously popped into existence from nothing.

This has just rocked my world! I thought the Ultimate Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything was "42". Apparently I was wrong. According to Hawking the answer is "magic"!

You can read all the comments on Slashdot if you're interested in following this.

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Blogger Christine said...

I have to say that I kind of agree with Hawkings. While reading a science book, Big Girl was upset to read about the Big Bang. I told her that some scientists try to explain things without God, but all they can prove is how God did things. God created the universe out of nothing (poof! there it is) and there was a huge explosion of matter that went all over the place (big bang). Even the theory of evolution loosely follows the order of creation in Genesis. :)

No matter how they try, atheistic scientists cannot disprove God. But they might be able to speculate on how God did things.

3/14/2007 05:55:00 PM  
Blogger RobK said...

Let them speculate as they will. I know what I need, and it is not from Stephen Hawking. It is sad that so many treat him as if HE were their creator.

3/15/2007 02:28:00 AM  
Anonymous ndenvirochick said...

The aim of science is not to disprove God, but to describe the natural laws under which the world functions. These explanations and descriptions do not require God, but do not exclude God. In that sense, Christine is correct in stating that our goal as scientists is to explain HOW and not WHO or even WHY.

However, the theory of evolution does not "loosely follow the order of creation in Genesis;" it says nothing about the order of creation. The fossil record, one category of evidence that supports evolution, has some similarities to the creation story in Genesis I, but deviates rather early on.

I do not think you have to be a scientist to recognize Stephen Hawking as a brilliant man, one who is extremely gifted - and as Catholics, do we not believe that those gifts were given to him by God? I don't know of any fellow scientists who treat him as if he were their creator, but we do respect his genius and ability to look at the most ordinary things and see the beauty and complexity involved in it.

Scientists do not speculate; they observe evidence, look for patterns, attempt to find the best explanation for those patterns, see if further evidence supports or refutes those explanations, and refine their understanding of how the natural world works as a result. Theories only become theories when piles and piles of data support an idea and when those who espouse those ideas can convincingly argue to those who do not - using the evidence that all have collected - why this is the best explanation. And most scientists are not atheist.

I am a scientist and a devout Catholic; Einstein was religiously inclined, and even Darwin was a Christian at the time that he developed his Origin of the Species (this is not to imply that I am as talented as either Einstein or Darwin). Those scientists who are atheists and misuse science to further their political agenda (e.g., Richard Dawkins) are as bad as those Christians who try to throw evolution and the Big Bang out of schools... and equally wrong.

3/19/2007 05:38:00 PM  
Blogger Fr. Andrew said...

But you miss the point, we don't yet know the question to the ultimate answer- which I firmly believe is 42.

And while we discuss questions, I am favorably inclined towards "How many rows must a man..."

But seriously Steve H., buddy, pal, don't cross that line of how to why. Even you might get hurt.

3/22/2007 01:01:00 PM  

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