Now that science has settled this matter …

Thank goodness we can now just settle all of those pesky debates about the origins of the universe. It seems “science” has spoken, or at least Stephen Hawking has. He claims that the laws of physics are sufficient for explaining why the universe came into being. “Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist.”

One has to wonder – why do scientists get so much airtime when they speak on issues outside of their expertise (metaphysics, ethics)? And Hawking’s declaration also invites this question – where did the laws, like the law of gravity, come from?

About Kleiner

Associate Vice Provost and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. I teach across the curriculum, but am most interested in continental philosophy, ancient and medieval philosophy as well as Catholic thought, all of which might be summed up as an interest in the ressourcement tradition (returning in order to make progress). I also enjoy spending time thinking about liberal education and its ends.
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