Why is there something instead of nothing?

October 7, 2010

Is anyone else sick of hearing this childish question?

It’s one of three that Francis Collins proposes as the “kinds of questions that faith can help one address”. The other two are, “Why are we all here?” and “Is there a God?”

This reminds me of Michael Shermer’s quip that “Anyone can talk to the dead. It’s getting the dead to talk back that’s the really hard part.”

What leads Collins to believe that religion can come up with any answers?

[Just to preempt any outraged comments – some philosophers claim this is the most profound question of all and I used to be partly persuaded; now it strikes me as plain silly.
We don’t know and may never know.
If you want an intelligent answer to a silly question, get hold of the recently published “The Grand Design” by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow.]


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