Breath of Fire

Interesting post at the blog Letters to Nature, written by Luke Barnes, titled Why science cannot explain why anything at all exists, which delves into the question “why is there something rather than nothing” as posed and considered by Lawrence Krause.

As I read through Barnes’ post, I recalled the consistent response of scientists in many fields of study as presented in Bill Bryson’s book A Short History of Nearly Everything, when confronted with deeply probing questions about their field of study, “I don’t know,” an answer we are less and less inclined to give, or admit, in this day and age.

Though Barnes does not answer Krause’s question directly, he does lay out, in readily understandable fashion, some of the various conundrums required to be considered to approach the question openly, and his post is well worth reading.

Link to Barnes via Donald Sensing.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/21 at 01:47 PM
  1. Looks like there’s some scientists sitting around needing something of substance to do, like maybe go shovel some snow or sumfink.

    Anyway, I learned a new term, quantum foam, which was created the same year I was, 1955, so I’ll be looking into it. That stuff *tickles* a part of my brain that only rarely is visited because it is so exhausting.

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  02/23  at  05:53 PM

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