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← Afterword from Lawrence Krauss' New Book - A Universe From Nothing

The Buachaill's Avatar Jump to comment 28 by The Buachaill

I have enjoyed watching the video presentation many times and most certainly will be purchasing the book as soon as it is available. It is one of the most informative and easily digestible presentations on the subject that I have ever come across.

I did however get stuck on one point related to the argument against the 'theological view of 'something cannot come from nothing', as I noticed Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and others refer to Lawrence Krauss' point to counter arguments in their debates.

If I understand correctly, which I probably do not, quantum fluctuations emerge from nothing. So the 'nothing' which is being referred to apparently includes that which can give rise to quantum fluctuations, or that within which quantum fluctuations can emerge. For me that begs the question: what is the cause and origin of the quantum fluctuations?

I believe it was Richard Feynman who said something along the lines of: if you think you understand quantum mechanics, you don't understand quantum mechanics. So when Krauss speaks of 'nothing' it appears to my limited intellect that he is referring to the limits of understanding in today's physics and cosmological paradigms. For example, String Theory might be able to explain where the particles and anti-particles emerge from, in which case the nothing becomes something again.

So if the nothing in this case is just that which we cannot currently explain in Science, doesn't that immediately provide the religious something to point to: "There is God"? A god of the gaps I know, but still a foothold for the theists.

Sun, 01 Jan 2012 00:02:36 UTC | #904138