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helena!'s Avatar Comment 1 by helena!

This is excellent thanks for posting. Lawrence Krauss's presentations are so educational and enjoyable to watch.

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 01:30:09 UTC | #905137

some asshole's Avatar Comment 2 by some asshole

Of course it's not a theological question. The only true "theological question" is "How much did we pull in on the collection plate this time?"

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 02:01:43 UTC | #905144

QuestioningKat's Avatar Comment 3 by QuestioningKat

Thanks, I'm only half way through so far, but this is very enjoyable and very educational. For a while, I've been wondering why so many fringe religions and belief systems started in the late 1800's (especially around the 1880s) and now I have part of the answer.

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 02:11:42 UTC | #905148

Cents's Avatar Comment 4 by Cents

This probably won't go down well in Iowa.

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 02:20:21 UTC | #905150

The Notorious B.I.N.G's Avatar Comment 5 by The Notorious B.I.N.G

I had an argument with a street preacher just before Christmas that went a little something like this:

PREACHER: What happened before the big bang?

ME: Time began along with space.

PREACHER: But what happened before then?

ME: There was no 'before then' - time began along with space.

PREACHER: .....but what happened before then?

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 02:34:39 UTC | #905152

The Truth, the light's Avatar Comment 6 by The Truth, the light

Love this quote:

Forget Jesus. Stars died so you could be born.

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 02:36:35 UTC | #905155

Neodarwinian's Avatar Comment 7 by Neodarwinian

This is the hardest point to put across to faith heads. As The Notorious B. I. N. G. points out believers can not even attempt to put there minds around this, admittedly, difficult concept.

A universe without : magic men. " What is so hard about accepting that?

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 02:40:28 UTC | #905156

Billions and Billions's Avatar Comment 8 by Billions and Billions

"So forget Jesus, the stars died so you'd be born." Sounds like a great slogan for a T-Shirt.

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 02:40:49 UTC | #905157

hauntedchippy's Avatar Comment 9 by hauntedchippy

Ugh, the MTV style camera work makes him look like some sort of "hip with the kids" idiot.
This guy is a world class physics professor, please try to show a little respect.

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 02:52:58 UTC | #905159

papa lazaru's Avatar Comment 10 by papa lazaru

As usual, great stuff. Now getting his e-book. That's gonna twist my melon...

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 02:58:45 UTC | #905162

Tridhos's Avatar Comment 11 by Tridhos

I wonder what verbal gymnastics William Lane Craig will employ now in his silly Cosmological Argument.

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 03:10:28 UTC | #905166

Marc Country's Avatar Comment 12 by Marc Country

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Wed, 04 Jan 2012 03:59:24 UTC | #905176

fuzzylogic's Avatar Comment 13 by fuzzylogic

Comment 7 by hauntedchippy :

Ugh, the MTV style camera work makes him look like some sort of "hip with the kids" idiot. This guy is a world class physics professor, please try to show a little respect.

You need to lighten up.

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 05:49:18 UTC | #905197

Marc Country's Avatar Comment 14 by Marc Country

Ugh, the MTV style camera work makes him look like some sort of "hip with the kids" idiot. This guy is a world class physics professor, please try to show a little respect.

I was going to post the same objective criticism of this video production... objective criticism is allowed here, right?

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 06:15:27 UTC | #905201

Armydude's Avatar Comment 15 by Armydude

A vid from the old home country, nice, interesting talk.

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 06:41:50 UTC | #905206

Virgin Mary's Avatar Comment 16 by Virgin Mary

Comment 8 by Tridhos :

I wonder what verbal gymnastics William Lane Craig will employ now in his silly Cosmological Argument.

In true WLC style all that would happen is that he would stand up first, make his points, then claim that he's won because his points weren't addressed despite others which sufficiently debunked them, were.

His debate with Shelly Kagan is something I will never forget. Lambs to the slaughter.

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 06:47:33 UTC | #905208

Vorlund's Avatar Comment 17 by Vorlund

Comment 11 by Virgin Mary :

Comment 8 by Tridhos :

His debate with Shelly Kagan is something I will never forget. Lambs to the slaughter.

Do you have a link please?

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 07:08:53 UTC | #905210

susanlatimer's Avatar Comment 18 by susanlatimer

Comment 12 by Vorlund

Here's Part 1. You'll pick the rest up from there.

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 07:17:06 UTC | #905211

William T. Dawkins's Avatar Comment 19 by William T. Dawkins

Another bang-up job by Professor Krauss. We may be hiding in the mirror but it seems like evolution may be hiding between two mirrors.

Thanks for sharing,

William

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 07:41:34 UTC | #905214

Sudipta Modak's Avatar Comment 20 by Sudipta Modak

PREACHER: What happened before the big bang?

ME: Time began along with space.

PREACHER: But what happened before then?

ME: There was no 'before then' - time began along with space.

PREACHER: .....but what happened before then?

As far as I know time, space, matter came into existence right after big bang. I have no clue in what sense you are stating that way.

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 07:57:46 UTC | #905216

Sudipta Modak's Avatar Comment 21 by Sudipta Modak

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Please correct the spelling of "science". It's a sore in the eye.

[Ouch. Sorry. Now fixed! The mods]

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 08:14:24 UTC | #905217

Reckless Monkey's Avatar Comment 22 by Reckless Monkey

This looks like it could be very interesting but I hate that style of camera work. It's as bad as fingernails down a blackboard. So I'm afraid I'm with hauntedchippy on that score.

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 09:01:17 UTC | #905221

sbooder's Avatar Comment 23 by sbooder

Lawrence Krauss mentioned another lecture for the following day, during the course of this one, do we know where to find this please?

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 09:14:54 UTC | #905226

keyfeatures's Avatar Comment 24 by keyfeatures

The 'nothing' of energised empty space is not 'nothing'. Therefore suggesting an analogy between quantum fluctuations in a vacuum and the origins of the big bang is false equivalence. I'm in agreement that nothing can't actually exist without something but this line of comparison is problematic.

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 09:20:25 UTC | #905229

DavidMcC's Avatar Comment 25 by DavidMcC

Comment 17 by keyfeatures :

The 'nothing' of energised empty space is not 'nothing'. Therefore suggesting an analogy between quantum fluctuations in a vacuum and the origins of the big bang is false equivalence. I'm in agreement that nothing can't actually exist without something but this line of comparison is problematic.

I agree, key. Krauss seems to imply that space is "nothing, plus particles". That would be strange version of quantum gravity. It's better to think of particles as excitations of space, which is therefore obviously not nothing, even if locally devoid of particles.

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 09:49:10 UTC | #905233

alabasterocean's Avatar Comment 26 by alabasterocean

Whatever happened the God of the Gaps did it... But let's put Lawrence on FOX anyway.

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 09:54:47 UTC | #905234

keyfeatures's Avatar Comment 27 by keyfeatures

Comment 18 by DavidMcC :

It's better to think of particles as excitations of space,

Or interference patterns of waves :) At least one of us is a child clutching a security blanket.

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 10:59:39 UTC | #905246

robaylesbury's Avatar Comment 28 by robaylesbury

WLC was quite beautifully de-trousered by Kagan. Even his accolytes over at Reasonable Faith acknowledge Kagan was good.

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 11:31:49 UTC | #905249

alabasterocean's Avatar Comment 29 by alabasterocean

Lawrence Krauss mentioned another lecture for the following day, during the course of this one, do we know where to find this please?

I could not find any video on the Fritt Ord hompage... to bad

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 13:00:43 UTC | #905257

Premiseless's Avatar Comment 30 by Premiseless

Hey get this, no shit!

Wed, 04 Jan 2012 13:01:57 UTC | #905258