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  • Wow that is GREAT work Godfrey! Thank you!!! I am rusty on all this and haven't had time to read the book myself but this confirms for me that I must find the time to do that.
  • Godfrey can you summarize Gleiser's conclusion as to whether the universe is at bottom eternal in time?
  • Very interesting. It will take someone a lot smarter than me to unwind all this, and I hope others will do so in the future. But given that summary I would expect Epicurus a position something like the following: If Gleiser's conclusion motivates people to say (1) "i don't know whether the universe popped into existence from nothing," rather than (2) "the 'best' evidence of the senses is that nothing comes from nothing, I have to live by my senses, and I am going to take as persuasive that the …
  • (Quote from Godfrey)As for who that person might be, I am not sure that it will necessarily be someone who spends a lifetime studying physics. I was thinking about this again tonight and it seems to me that we have to think about what kind of proof would be required for us to say that the questions is really settled. Given our human nature would/will/should we ever accept anything less on any question other than "I know because I was there and I saw/experienced it for myself" from someone we de…