In the Beginning there was Hawking -- and Reason Ended
has been a well-respected name in Science for decades for his work on black
holes, cosmology, quantum gravity and his popular book, A
Brief History of
Time. The fact that he is quadriplegic may have increased his popularity.
Though his books, thus far,
have been an interesting read, he is no genius in the truest sense of the
word. His name is not even close to being on a par with
the likes of Newton, Galileo or Einstein.
popularity has been exploited by his publishers by creating a kind of a “big
bang” in the media meant to create both consternation and curiosity-- a
perfect and well-proven combination for selling large numbers of books.
You may have read or heard his mind-spinning assertions,
in his book, The Grand Design, which shatter some
of the fundamental laws of logic and which should leave truly rational minds
aghast. Let’s look at some of them and let’s wonder at
how such intellectual rubbish would ever be given the time of day by
anyone with a modicum of common sense.
''Because there is a law such as gravity,
the universe can and will create itself from nothing.” He also added,
''It is not necessary to invoke God to
light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.''
quote one cannot help but be mesmerized by how the absurd can be skilfully
crafted and made amenable to serious thought,
simply because it emanates from a supposedly "brilliant
mind." The above statement is so ludicrous that it
would receive nothing but laughter and condemnation by
any professor, if written by a student in a college paper. The mark
would doubtless be zero for absurdity (And perhaps 100% for creativity). Yet
coming from a so-called, “genius” it leaves some gullible souls into
believing that “maybe” logic retreats shamefully when the divine Hawking
makes his grand appearance.
“Because there is a law such as
gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing.” Yes, you
are reading right: “Nothing” is now the all powerful god. “Nothing” has the
power to create on a vast scale. “Nothing” can explode and create all the
atoms in the universe operating in their magnificent design and their
mind-boggling ability to bond and bring about countless chemical compounds
and be the building block of innumerable life forms. Yes, “Nothing” can do
all that -- you heard right. (I forgot to mention it, and
you might have noticed, that according to Dr. Hawking gravity was before
nothing and gravity is the result of bodies pulling at each other, thus, in reality there was something..., but let's not get too
rational, we would not want to perturb Dr. Hawking's adoring
Over eons “Nothing” proceeded to
bring forth its greatest creation: mankind.
“Spontaneous creation is the reason
there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we
Again, as with the
previous comment, every time I read this statement my brain twists and
churns in indefinable agony. It shouldn’t, of course; it’s simple; it’s
plain and it has the authority of a scientific giant behind it. I should
simply accept it "in faith" and be at peace, but my mind simply rebels.
see, for years Hawkins and others have been seeking for a “Grand Theory of
Everything;” something that would blend Newton’s ideas, Einstein’s ideas,
Quantum physics and create a "unifying
theory" that would finally explain everything. The
one who would get there first would leave the other giants behind, because
they could only explain "one"
major aspect of the whole package, the last one would explain everything.
Finding the unifying theory would be the greatest feat
ever in physics and, thus, the one who would accomplish such a
gargantuan exploit would be the “Titan” of Science. Hawking is now deluding
himself that he may be
a titan. As he states in the introduction to his new
"M-theory is the only model that has all the properties we think the final
theory ought to have...".
Quite an ego…
Roger Penrose, emeritus
professor of mathematics at Oxford University captures the essential
weakness of Hawking's theory in a recent book review.
"Unlike quantum mechanics, M-theory enjoys no observational support
That is the suicidal flaw of Hawking's grand idea:
It has no basis in observable reality.
He and his writer friend,
Mlowdinow, may have brought together a scintillating theory, but no
Kate MCAlpine, in a recent article in The
New Scientist, in the same vein points out that
multiple universes remain mathematically possible, there would still be no
proof that they are actually present."(3)
Russell Stannard, Emeritus Professor of
Physics at Open University and recipient of The Bragg Medal and Prize of the
Institute of Physics for ‘distinguished contributions to the teaching of
physics’ (1999), gives us a succinct and piercing assessment of
That philosophy of Hawking's is
precisely the one that I'm trying to counter. His views, as have been
reported, are a perfect example of what is called scientism: that science is
the only route to knowledge and that, ultimately, we'll have a complete
understanding of everything. That is nonsense, and I think it's dangerous
nonsense, because it makes scientists sound exceedingly arrogant. It's all
very well saying the universe came about as a result of spontaneous creation
due to M-theory. But that raises the question: where did M-theory come from?
there intelligible physical laws? (4)
Yet, in spite of all the nonsensical, illogical and fantastic content of Hawking’s book, the
atheistic throngs will flock to book stores and will spend their money to
reassure themselves that their intense desire to block God out of existence
has been supported one more time by another big name.
JUST GET RID OF GOD – WHATEVER IT MIGHT TAKE
how desperate are atheists for a “Deliverer” who will
totally unburden them of fear and guilt. How frantic are the
unbelieving throngs for a scientific messiah who will unshackle them
completely from the Celestial Ogre who without
relenting insists on submission and obedience to detestable and oppressive
Rebellious men and women of this earth, your messiah is now here. He is not
Herculean from a physical stand point, but he has a name that carries power
and authority, or so say his publishers, eager to
cash in on a few more millions.
Come now you hungry, they say, and Hawking will quench your hunger; advance,
oh you thirsty, and Hawking will quench your thirst. You have waited for the
Deliverer and he has finally come. Simply gaze at his blinding light. Be
mesmerized by his “unequalled fantasy” and accept “in faith” his
mind-boggling propositions. Most of all come and nurture
your ego as you get confirmation of what previous unbelievers have proposed:
that man is indeed the only god.
universe has many possible histories and many possible states at later
times, that is, at times like the present, long after their creation. Most
of these states will be quite unlike the universe we observe and quite
unsuitable for the existence of any form of life.
Only a very few would allow creatures like us to exist. Thus our presence
selects out from this vast array only those universes that are compatible
with our existence. Although we are puny and insignificant on the scale of
the cosmos, this makes us in a sense the lords of creation."
How ego expanding is that? How pleasant to atheists'
beginning there was Hawking and reason ended and so did logic.
Science was replaced by "un-testable theories" and common sense was
overwhelmed by absurdity. No matter… The important thing is that the Ogre
gets banished and that fear and guilt become a thing of the past. Exactly
what humanity needs: less fear and less guilt; selfishness unshackled;
guiltless minds to do as they please. This is Hawking’s last gift to
humanity, before he takes his giant leap into “nothingness.”
Should you buy his book then? Yes, if you are thirsty for freedom at the
expense of your mental health; for one must dispense of his sanity to accept
the most psychotic, irrational, absurd and distorted ideas propagated in
just finished watching a documentary on BBC America. One more assertion left
me befuddled which I must share with you.
“M Theory doesn’t disprove God;
He is rendered unnecessary.” God is rendered unnecessary by a puny
book, written by a puny, conceited man (I forgot...and by
his science fiction writer partner Mlowdinow seeking for greatness and glory,
propounding ideas that shatter the laws of logic. All that renders God
would like to propose that this empty and insignificant book accomplishes
one thing and one thing only. Hawking has finally proven to truly be
“unnecessary.” True, responsible, sensible and logical Science does not need
such a mind in its midst to steal precious dignity from it. I hope,
therefore, that soon reasonable scientists will show the foolishness behind
Hawking’s assertions and that they will distance themselves from Hawking’s
fantasies and will do their part to throw his ideas to the top of the
dung-heap of discredited and absurd pseudo-science
which have appeared and disappeared in the past.
bad, Dr. Hawking… You may have ended your life with respect and appreciation
on the part of believers and unbelievers alike, for opening their eyes to
the beauty and intricacies of the universe. Unfortunately, your hunger for
supremacy among the truly greats of Science will only bring you the
gratitude of the sad atheist lot, a lot of money
in your bank account and the appellation of, “A scientist gone astray” by
Goodbye, Dr. Hawking… and may “Nothing” be with you.
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"EXCERPT: Stephen Hawking 'Grand Design.'"
(13, 9, 2010)
The Grand Design Review by
Roger Penrose, FT.com
McAlpine, The New Scientist,
M-theory: Doubts Linger Over Godless Multiverse.
3. Russell Stannard, We
Can’t Know Everything,
Hawking, The Grand
(14, 9, 2010)
Copyright, Michael Caputo, 2010