#2). If the universe has zero energy and, thus, could have sprung from nothing, does this mean it’s impossible NOT to have a universe?
#4). If quantum fluctuations don’t require a universe to begin with, doesn’t that mean that quantum fluctuations would be a feature of any and all universes?
So, Reggie, your response to #2 means it's impossible NOT to have a universe . . . right?
As for #4 . . . I don't see how quantum fluctuations as a feature of all universes is incompatible with the locality of physical laws within universes.
You're only a TV physicist? Damn! Where's all the REAL physicists? Isn't there ANY here on TA?
In my opinion, dark matter is largely misrepresented in the media. It's not some big mysterious crazy new thing that physicists are trying to describe.