Thursday, June 11, 2015

Alexander Vilenkin on a Cosmic Beginning

"It is said that an argument is what convinces reasonable men and a proof is what it takes to convince even an unreasonable man. With the proof now in place, cosmologists can no longer hide behind the possibility of a past-eternal universe. There is no escape, they have to face the problem of a cosmic beginning."

Courage and Godspeed,

1. (Many Worlds in One [New York: Hill and Wang, 2006], p.176).


Unknown said...

Just pages later in that same book, though, he argues that the best candidate for that "cosmic beginning" is quantum tunneling and subsequent inflation. It's certainly not a case for theism, and it is not particularly honest to pluck that quote out of the book and imply that Vilenkin argues for a deity.

Chad said...

Hello Ryan,

Thank you for visiting the blog and taking the time to comment. I appreciate it.

Where exactly in this post do I assert or even imply that Vilenkin is arguing for a deity?