Damn, these guys are great! one of my favourite physicists and one of my favourite biologists talking about one of my favourite topics.
Tags: Dawkins, Krauss, Lawrence, Richard, discussion
thanks for posting this David...wonderfull
no problem, As I said, one of my favourite physicists and one of my favourite biologists here. Now if only the late Christopher Hitchens was still with us. I've never seen a video with all three of these amazing free thinkers in it, and I probably never will now unless there is one I missed. but it would be awesome in the traditional sense of the word.
I have often pondered that my dream team for debating religion would have to include a physicists, a biologists and an adept public speaker. for me, that dream team was always Hitchens, Krauss and Dawkins. What an effective trio they would have been, in any debate with any opposition. Though Krauss and Dawkins are both amazing at what they do, and have very good communication skills. However I don't think they would disagree with the fact that if you wanted to destroy the argument of any theist, Christopher Hitchens was your man.
I don't think I've watched this one, but I've watched a few explanations of the idea of something "from nothing". I don't like the phrase, because it sounds too much like faith, e.g. the myth of God being able to poof something into existence. I.e., the real point is that conditions existed that enabled the big poof, so it was not really "from nothing". It sounds poetic, but it's certainly not magic.
For ages mankind assumed that there is such a thing as nothing or nothingness. That is a hard thing to prove—probably impossible, actually—and is likely one of those things seems to exist merely because there is a word for it. We now know that space itself is a kind of substance or stuff. After all, massive objects can compress and stretch it. Thus, if space was there before the Big Bang happened in it, then there truly was never a time when nothing existed, for space itself existed.
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