Stephen Hawking's Regressive Cosmological Theory
According to www.guardian.co.uk, in Professor Stephen Hawking's new book, The Grand Design, the professor states that a creator is 'not necessary' for the origin of our universe. Rather, he says that the physical laws, namely the Law of Gravity, is responsible for a Big Bang beginning of our universe. Here are Hawking's words:
"Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist."
To boil down Hawking's position, the universe exists because it has no choice but to exist. The universe must fill the form provided for it by physical laws. To most scientists, it would seem, this is a great step forward in theoretic cosmology. However, I argue that this theory is a giant leap backwards, about 2350 years backwards.
Aristotle lived, according to Wikipedia, from 384 to 322 BC. His ideas about scientific inquiry were a bit different from modern thought. In Aristotelian thinking, the physical universe exists based on a rational goal or purpose, called the Aristotelian Form. For Aristotle, a chair exists because is follows the necessary Ideal Form. Once the form has been ascertained, the physical properties of the object can be determined by logic alone. There was no need for scientific inquiry.
Hawking has followed the same method with his new theory. He has ascertained that there are laws of physics which, by necessity, must produce our universe. He has no need for true scientific inquiry into the validity of his theory. Indeed, his theory is quite untestable, because we cannot reproduce the conditions of the event in a controlled laboratory setting. We are expected to take his word for it, to believe it.
Why would modern physics accept such a shoddy product? Because we have to accept something; we have to adopt a belief in one of these theories. Whether it be a necessary universe based on physical laws or a specially designed universe created by an all-powerful God, we must choose. Both positions are a belief system; both positions are inherently religious.
While Hawking may in fact be quite brilliant, his life has been spent theorizing rather than truly observing. He has become lost in his ideas rather than seek the truth of reality. His lifetime of fantasy conjecture has yielded only a questionable theory which denies observable reality.