I begin a review of Victor Stenger's book God: The failed hypothesis. This post gives an introduction and an overview of his work.
Existential inertia is the belief that things have an intrinsic tendency to persist in existence (unless something external to them causes them to cease to exist). Divine conservation is the belief that things need the continuous actions of an external cause to allow them to persist in existence. This discussion is at the heart of the debate between theism and atheism, so it is perhaps surprising that it isn't discussed more. In this post, I outline the issues, and offer a few tentative thoughts.
There has been a recent social disturbance over the actions of a certain police officer, and its racial implications. I offer a thought.
I was recently interviewed by William Deatherage of Clarifying Catholicsm.
Bell's theorem is one of the most important contributions to the philosophy of quantum physics. In particular, it is claimed that it undermines either realism in physics or the principle of locality. My response to this is that it undermines certain models of realism, but not all. In this post, I explore this in more depth.
I offer my concluding thoughts on Lawrance Krauss' work A Universe From Nothing, focussing on his preface and epilogue.
I reply to certain recent comments on various posts on my blog.
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I review chapter 11 of Krauss' Universe From Nothing. In this chapter, he argues that the laws of physics themselves might spring forth from a combination of the multiverse and randomness. But where do the laws governing the multiverse come from?.
In politics, we are constantly told that there is a left, a right, and a centre. But is that a reasonable metaphor to use? Are the various political positions points along the same line, or do they belong on entirely different lines altogether?