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Archive for July 5, 2011

Why this Blog

So what motivated me to start this blog was comments by Stephen Hawking to the effect that life is like a computer. Once the power goes out, that’s all there is.  The article can be found here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2011/may/15/stephen-hawking-interview-there-is-no-heaven

Another statement made by Hawking relates that there is no need for God in the creation of the Universe. This may be found here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/7976594/Stephen-Hawking-God-was-not-needed-to-create-the-Universe.html

Let me say that I have a lot of respect for Mr. Hawking and am a confirmed agnostic. But while physicists are close to a “Theory of Everything” that unites electromagnetic forces with gravity and explains the existence of the largest things (the universe), and the smallest things (sub-atomic particles), there is a lot to explain in between. Science is no closer to proving or disproving the existence of God than it ever was.

I’m afraid that that this is a good example of what happens when one mixes science and religion. It’s not good science and it is not religion. It hurts the cause of science and the reputations of scientists when one says that science can prove or disprove the existence of God. Fortunately, I am a bit of a crackpot with no reputation to protect, and this is the perfect forum for mixing the two 🙂

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