Physics can’t answer metaphysical questions. Why is that so hard?

September 9, 2010

Kevin Hargaden explains it all in this post.. Yours truly wrote about this a while back right here. Why are so many scientist-types so confused about this?

(I read somewhere that Einstein was as dumb as the rest of us in every other area of life besides physics. Maybe it’s the nature of genius? They’re not well-rounded.)

Regardless, here’s an excerpt from Mr. Zoomtard:

It is utterly conceivable (which is not equivalent with likely) that a universe might be generated through forces of gravity. But the question of God is not a question that is only meaningful if it turns out that he left some fingerprints behind for us to detect. Hawking and all of new-atheism (and indeed much of contemporary Christianity) misses the point when it thinks the deep question of existence is about how things came to be. Existence itself is the issue.

Why anything?

Thank you.

2 Responses to “Physics can’t answer metaphysical questions. Why is that so hard?”

  1. Phil Says:

    Physics can’t answer meaningless questions.

    • brentwhite Says:

      Because only questions that science can answer—which rules out in advance any question whose answer is beyond the realm of time and space—are meaningful? What about love, beauty, and justice? From my perspective, these are the best questions of all. Regardless, to say that there is nothing beyond the physical universe, or whatever is beyond it doesn’t matter, is a religious belief. It isn’t something you’ve derived from scientific inquiry. Nor is it particularly “rational.”

      But you and I aren’t so different. We’re both people of great faith!

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