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How to Have Everything in the Universe for Absolutely Free!

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My very favorite Steve Martin joke:

You can be a millionaire and never pay taxes! You say, “Steve, how can I be a millionaire and never pay taxes?” First, get a million dollars. Now you say, “Steve what do I say to the tax man when he comes to my door and says, ‘You have never paid taxes’?” Two simple words. Two simple words in the English language: “I forgot!”

Only slightly less funny are the materialists who say:

You can have everything in the universe for absolutely free. All of you science deniers may be saying to yourself, “wait nothing can’t cause something.” Au contraire; it is a scientifically proven fact that you can have everything in the universe for absolutely free. All you have to have is the law of gravity and everything else follows. Now you say, what do I do when the logic man shows up at my door and says, “Whatever the law of gravity is, it is most certainly not nothing”? Two simple words in the English language. “I forgot; Mr. logic man I forgot you can’t redefine “something” to mean “nothing.”


It's always amazing when you hear someone trying to explain how the universe, including the dimensions of space- time and probability mass and energy plasma light gravity and other forces dark matter and dark energy (perhaps) virtual particles quantum effects the laws of physics subatomic particles the exceptional properties of hydrogen hydroxide chaos strings (probably not) photonium black holes relativistic effects etc. were all able to suddenly * POP * into existence out of Nothing (i.e. non-existence) by a mechanistic act of self-creation! Wow! But it wasn't a miracle, couldn't have been, they insist as if they already knew everything . . . -Q Querius
If I could get universe every time atheists changed their moral attitudes I would have multiverse! :D Eugen
Then there is the problem that a law-like regularity (gravity) cannot perform a creative act. If it could be creative, it would not have law-like regularity. StephenB
Well, there is the problem that although centuries of testing confirms The Law of Gravity, we still no idea WHY gravity works. Or how. So isn't gravity also magic? Where did it come from? Why is it here? Where can I buy more if I run out? See the similar problem in Dr. Cosby's discussion of "Why is there air?" (Well, to blow up footballs and basketballs and volleyballs and stuff...) mahuna
1) Nothing is free. 2) Universe comes from nothing. 3) Therefore, Universe comes for free. QED, IDiots. ppolish
Mr. Logic man is a cruel figure in this little story. They desperately want there to be no God. For this they are more than willing to sacrifice all, but alas, to no avail. One cannot help but feel sorry for them. Box

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