September 26, 2010

The Grand Design: A Critique

This is an interview with Dr. William Lane Craig (audio, in 3 parts), in continuation of the preliminary considerations communicated previously in The Hype Over Stephen Hawking's "The Grand Design" and Lawrence Krauss On Creation Out Of Nothing:

For yet another (fairly critical) review, see The Economist - 'Order of creation' (Sept. 9)

Image source - here.

September 11, 2010

Spicuiri - 10/09/2010 - on Hawking's "Grand Design"

... or, rather a (more or less) "Grand Public Relations Push" for M-theory and the multiverse hypothesis (The Grand Design - by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow, published by Bantam, September 7, 2010). It's somehow incongruous to see... agnostics on a mission from God - an impression conveyed by the repeated metaphysical insinuations (punctured by references to God, skeptical and theologically simplistic/naive) playing a central role in the worldwide campaign for promoting M-theory.

For a critical view on Hawking's ideas coming from the Eastern Orthodox tradition, one might want to consult Alexei Nesteruk's Light from the East: theology, science, and the Eastern Orthodox tradition (Fortress Press, 2003), in which both Hartle-Hawking No-Boundary Proposal and the multiverse hypothesis are addressed in the spirit of the "apophatic monodualism":
Surprisingly, Alexei Nesteruk develops a method of "apophatic monodualism" which allows the contemplation of the Creator even in the case of cosmological models without a boundary such as Hartle-Hawking's. Nesteruk's approach applies to such "ultimate theories" precisely because somehow they cannot avoid incorporating entities of different ontological status in the corresponding models - for example, in the Hartle-Hawking model, one cannot assign ontological reality to a timeless mathematical construct like an "imaginary time 4-sphere".  (Florin Caragiu - "Passing to the Limit – Landmarks for a Christian Hermeneutical Dialogic Approach", International Congress on the dialogue between Science and Religion in the Orthodox World, Bucharest 2008)

September 7, 2010