No Such Thing As NothingSubmitted by Micah68 on Wed, 04/17/2013 - 20:58
'M-theory posits that multiple universes are created out of nothing, Hawking explained, with many possible histories and many possible states of existence.'
It always puzzles me when I hear either a theist or an atheist talk about things being 'created out of nothing'.
A theist would likely say: 'God created the Universe ex nihilo' (out of nothing).
I scratch my head and say, but isn't the Mind and Word of God, from which it came, something?
The atheist (like Hawkings) will likely say: 'Quantum laws, or M-theory created the Universe out of nothing.'
I scratch my head and say, but isn't an underlying quantum system something?
I think the idea of a TRUE nothing resulting in something is impossible, because there always has to be some pre-eminent fundamental reality (whether a God or a quantum system) that causes the so-called 'nothing' to be 'something'.
To me, the more interesting question is: which inescapable something, or fundamental reality best explains the existence of Person, Love, Reason, Beauty, etc.? I can't see how dead quantum or physical non-reason with a chain of deterministic or random cause and effect would ever generate Reason, which knows and infers and uses grounds and consequents. I see Love as transcendent and greatest -- not some meaningless illusion in a dead system.
And with that, I view the principles of Liberty as eternal and transcendent and real beyond any physical dependencies -- the consequence of Love being that something which cannot be nothing.