In my view M-theory will continue to develop until it becomes a proper theory. It will likely, eventually incorporate equivalent mathematical models that may or may not “look” like strings and branes

The essential thing to understand about Hawking’s stance on God, is in the equations and the philosophy of the scientific method.  God will never be added into any of the equations. 

 There are entities in the Universe, and every entity has attributes associated with it, otherwise it would not be something new. How would a “God of Abraham” factor ever fit into such a system?  What about just a Creator entity? No, because that is just jumping to a goal post, without knowing how you got there. It could turn out that we live inside of a simulation with a sort of creator.  I tested this theory, and the simulator did not respond.   I think we have a long way to go before we can determine whether or not we live inside of a simulation though, so I think we should stick to science.

It would seem that the universe bubble that we exist in, is but one of an infinite number of possible bubbles, all existing under the same laws, but exerting different values for their particle/strings to “settle” within a given set of fields.

There are hills and valleys upon where each of the fundamental particles can land to rest or actually vibrate.

It may turn out that waves push the particles around, and that an equivalent model, or a more accurate model could be built up from that.

Penrose has a “twister” model that may prove more accurate. There are many other theories. 

The “why” questions tend to get almost answered by a never-ending series of how questions. The Godists seem to insist that we solve everything at once, and reach a false goal line that was invented by man.

Mathematics in conjunction with science works. It may not ease your soul, but it does fine by me. The universe is a great and wondrous place. Reading about it from authors such as Hawking, Pinker, Dawkins, Greene, V. Stenger, and many others, gives me great joy. Many doors have been opened for me by these great writers.


Telepathy Verses Cell Phones

Why are some people so interested in telepathy? We already have cell phones and they work fine for just about everybody. If telepathy works (which I doubt), then only very few people can make use of it anyway, and even those people more than likely have cell phones of their own so they can contact their friends that do not have telepathic abilities!

Suppose scientists discover telepathy is real. Chances are pretty good that the telepathic signals are normally very weak, otherwise they would be much easier to detect and telepathy would have been both discovered and confirmed by now. This means, for the general public to take advantage of telepathy, they will more than likely need to purchase some sort of telepathic amplifier gadget from AT&T, Apple (the iPathy?), or some other company, and the service will probably be more expensive and less reliable than ordinary cell phone service.

Meanwhile, there is already much research in neuroscience on devices that work with thoughts alone. For example, there is a paralyzed man who uses thoughts to move a cursor. In other ten or twenty years, perhaps everyone will be able to use their thoughts to activate wireless communication devices, including cellular or other technology. We could even be sending mentalmarks to other people within the next couple decades.

It almost seems like there is some sort of bias by many spiritual people against electromagnetic waves, ordinary energy and ordinary matter and in favor of so-called supernatural forces or objects. This bias does not make any sense. Suppose God really does exist (which I doubt), then surely God created electromagnetic waves, atoms and all the rest. If God created telepathic energy, where is the evidence that it is something God favors over everything else? If God exists and made everything, why did he make ordinary matter so much more obvious to us than all the so-called spiritual or supernatural stuff? Why belittle stuff that God made so obvious? Why do some spiritual people assume that any supernatural forces exist even if it is true that God exists? If supernatural forces do exist, for what reason is there to believe that these forces are superior to any of the natural forces that we already know exist in the ordinary material world?

I personally think atoms and rest of the material stuff we observe in our universe is extremely amazing and wondrous. We ought to enjoy the world that we are living in right at the moment! We should enjoy all that we can see, hear, taste, touch, and smell with our five ordinary, natural senses.

If supernatural objects or forces do exist, there is no reason to believe they are especially important or useful either to humans or to God. If God exists, perhaps he, she, or it is made up of ordinary atoms or ordinary energy or both. Perhaps the supernatural stuff is the wasteful toxic bi-product of the Creation and that is why God keeps it hidden from us in the first place. Furthermore, the iPathy device, if it ever exists (which I doubt), will probably turn out to cause brain cancer, mental retardation, or worse!


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