But does it matter anymore whether science makes sense?
|August 31, 2017||Posted by News under Cosmology, Culture, Intelligent Design, Physics|
Isn’t “making sense” a human construct? From Kenneth Francis at New English Review:
About seven years ago, during a talk on Hawking at a university, I raised my hand and criticised comments he made in his then latest book, The Grand Design, which he co-wrote with Star Trek screenwriter Leonard Mlodinow.
My question was, “why did Hawking write such a nonsensical idea that the universe created itself because of gravity?” (In order for the universe to create itself it would have to have existed before it exists, and gravity is part of the universe). I also asked why did Hawking write “philosophy is dead” at the beginning of his book (a self-refuting statement, as it’s philosophical), while constantly philosophising throughout the entire book?
There was an awkward silence in the lecture hall and the speaker looked at me in what seemed like a confused expression. He said, “Did he really say that?” (He hadn’t read the entire book). I told him the page numbers where he could find the quotes. I wasn’t criticising Hawking the man (a man enduring a severe neurone disease that has paralysed him for decades), but Hawking the scientist.
But, as the speaker looked at me with what seemed like an expression of disbelief, to my rescue came a distinguished astrophysicist on the panel, who stood up and said, “Kenneth is right; Hawking did write those things” More.
But who cares? What with string theory, cosmic inflation theory, and the multiverse, the real story is that it doesn’t matter whether what Hawking or any other cosmologist writes even makes any sense. They are science celebs. Period. As long as their output supports metaphysical naturalism (nature is all there is), whatever they choose to say is fine.
See also: Multiverse cosmology at your fingertips