Finally, a Meaningless Religious Controversy We Can Get Behind

Stephen Hawking has a new book, and here’s all you need to know about it:

God did not create the universe, world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking argues in a new book that aims to banish a divine creator from physics.

Hawking says in his book “The Grand Design” that, given the existence of gravity, “the universe can and will create itself from nothing,” according to an excerpt published Thursday in The Times of London.

If we might digress — which is purely a formality, since we’ll do it anyway — we’re reminded of our early years in America’s Godless Public Schools, when both the Big Bang and plate tectonics were considered stoner science (fifth-grade requirement), worth an obligatory mention but not really to be taken seriously. There was just something suspiciously dooooood about them.

And then there was the longue durée of the Binge-Purge Universe, consisting of a Celestial Kitty forever swallowing and coughing up galactic hairballs.

So it’s of interest that Hawking is proposing a theory of how the universe could have started from scratch, without the regressive problem of Prior Universes just moving the goalposts backward.

Mild interest, anyway.

Of more immediate interest, we reckoned, would be trolling the comments on the CNN story to find some amusing diversions for your heckling pleasure. Until we noticed that the story had logged eleven thousand remarks by midnight Eastern, and decided it would be easier to look elsewhere for cheap entertainment.

Stephen Hawking: God didn’t create universe [CNN]

Why do British scientists hate Baby Jeebus?

So long as everything still revolves around ME I have no problem with this.

Hawking was on an episode of Star Trek.

Beck is gonna take care of all this book larning stuff.

@Dodgerblue: He was also on an episode of The Simpsons.

@Benedick: I’m up for a Benedick-centric universe so long as we provide appropriate roles for rum, kittehs and rock ‘n roll in our cosmology.

I saw him once (Hawking, not God) at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, looking at the van Goghs. My best brush with greatness.

@Benedick: what is the gravitational pull of Uranus?

@SanFranLefty: He was also on Futurama, notably repeatedly running over Fry to get him to shut up, after commanding Al Gore to “get him!”

@Mistress Cynica: Awesome. I think a person could get smarter just being near him.

Meh. Team Francis Collins. This incompatibility thing is such a non-starter for me and nothing more than another wedge issue. I think members of either camp (goddies vs. sciencites) who can’t make space for the possibility of the other are suffering from a serious lack of imagination.

Hasn’t this godless egghead read Genesis 1:1 of the Zombie Bible?

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