The Grand Design

Recently, the extract of Stephen Hawking’s new book, The Grand Design on the magazine of Times, causes controversy, especially from the religionists. In the book published on Sep. 9th, 2010, he said that God did not and was not needed to create the universe, because the Big Bang was the result of the inevitable laws of physics and did not need God to spark the creation of the universe. This is a little bit different from the ideas in his previous book, A Brief History of Time, which was published more than 20 years ago. In earlier time, Dr. Hawking did not dismiss the possibility that God had a hand in the creation of the world, which was coined by Sir Issac Newton. I totally understand why Sir Issac Newton attributed the universe to God after I read the Bible. Human beings have to ask help from some supernatural forces, such as God, because the limitations of their knowledge. I agree with Hawking’s words in the new book that “you can call the laws of science ‘God’, but it wouldn’t be a personal God that you could meet, and ask questions.”

Recently, the news about Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) frequently can be seen on media. In late August, a planetary system around the Sun-like star HD 10180 was found. Is it possible that alien from that system drove UFOs to earth? Maybe. After having watched sci-fiction movies when I was a child, I hope I could communicate with alien some day. Some lucky guy may have had such an opportunity already, just like every year, several persons won the lottery. Before some suspected that alien created the human being on earth, at least some objects on the earth, such as pyramid in Egypt were build by them. I do not know. But I believe even that was true, the universe still was not created by alien.

Theoretical physics is far beyond my understanding, I love it though. That is the initial reason I like the comedy The Big Bang Theory. The day before yesterday I found a blog of Dr. David Saltzberg’s,  The Big Blog Theory. Dr. Saltzberg is the technical director of the series. Within the blog, he explained the scientific concepts in each episode. Actually he started this work since season 3. It is not bad to learn something from the posts.

Contents of The Grand Design:

1. The Mystery of Being

2. The Rule of Law

3. What is Reality

4. Alternative Histories

5. The Theory of Everything

6. Choosing Our Universe

7. The Apparent Miracle

8. The Grand Design


5 Responses to The Grand Design

  1. Ron Krumpos says:

    In “The Grand Design” Stephen Hawking postulates that the M-theory may be the Holy Grail of physics…the Grand Unified Theory which Einstein had tried to formulate and later abandoned. It expands on quantum mechanics and string theories.

    In my e-book on comparative mysticism is a quote by Albert Einstein: “…most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and most radiant beauty – which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive form – this knowledge, this feeling, is at the center of all religion.”

    Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity is probably the best known scientific equation. I revised it to help better understand the relationship between divine Essence (Spirit), matter (mass/energy: visible/dark) and consciousness (fx raised to its greatest power). Unlike the speed of light, which is a constant, there are no exact measurements for consciousness. In this hypothetical formula, basic consciousness may be of insects, to the second power of animals and to the third power the rational mind of humans. The fourth power is suprarational consciousness of mystics, when they intuit the divine essence in perceived matter. This was a convenient analogy, but there cannot be a divine formula.

    • lizinan says:

      As you said, that was a convenient analogy. An analogy only, actually that is not science in my opinion. I respect your idea, though.

      • Ron Krumpos says:

        That was not science nor was it religion. Most true mystics (at least the 19 I’ve met and the 90 I quote) find both to be too limited. They can each play an important part in our lives, but they do not represent Life…the nature of being itself.

  2. jim says:

    this is awesome man

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