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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Stephen Hawking and Kirk Cameron

Wow. There's two names I never thought I'd type next to each other. I think when I googled those names, the Wizard behind the Google Curtain just shook his head and a single tear rolled down his lily-white cheek.

I wanted to quickly comment on a kerfuffle that has caught my eye due to an interview where Hawking says:
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.
Fairly straightforword for a guy like Prof. Hawking; it reflects his common thinking about the nature of existance and what happens after death.

Enter Kirk Cameron. He of Way of the Master Ministries. He of Growing Pains. He of idiocy nearly unparalled. He commented on Hawking's interview with his typical non-panache:
...to say anything negative about Stephen Hawking is like bullying a blind man. He has an unfair disadvantage, and that gives him a free pass on some of his absurd ideas...Professor Hawking is heralded as ‘the genius of Britain,’ yet he believes in the scientific impossibility that nothing created everything and that life sprang from non-life
Seriously? It's like, "bullying a blind man"? He has an, "unfair disadvantge"? Not for nothing, but Cameron is the guy who, with his brainless cohort/mentor Ray Comfort, thinks that the "God designed perfection" of a human-genetically-engineered banana is "the atheist's nightmare".If anyone has a "disadvantage" in this discussion, it's Cameron. Prof. Hawking has been in the world of high-level science for a long, long time and has even made fundamental discoveries about the nature of the universe (see Hawking radiation), so no one who used to be on a sitcom 25 years ago is going to make him uncomfortable with a criticism, ok?

As for the "scientific impossibility" of nothing creating everything, I will once again reference Lawrence Krauss' talk from AAI 2009 where he explains, quite clearly considering the subject matter, how we know that not only can a universe come from nothing, but that it is inevitable. Yes, it's an hour long, but it's more than worth it.Prof. Hawking said in his interview, "Science predicts that many different kinds of universe will be spontaneously created out of nothing. It is a matter of chance which we are in...." I'd like it if Kirk Cameron could spontaneously create a brain out of the vacuum of space in his empty head.

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At 19/5/11 2:10 pm, Blogger ResCogitans said...

i put hawking's quote as my facebook status and got a few likes :) though the 2 truly godbothering people who were fb friends at one point unfriended me quite some time ago. in the atheist vs godsquad issue i think we all know which side has the bigger problem with criticism!

 

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