The Universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.

Carl Sagan

Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the Universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.

Calvin, from Calvin and Hobbes (Bill Watterson)

Where are they?

Enrico Fermi (1943)

A Quick Proof That There Must Be Something Rather Than Nothing, for Modern People Who Lead Busy Lives

Suppose there were nothing.  Then there would be no laws; for laws, after all, are something.  If there were no laws, then everything would be permitted.  If everything were permitted, then nothing would be forbidden.  So if there were nothing, nothing would be forbidden.  Thus nothing is self-forbidding. 

Therefore, there must be something.  QED.

Jim Holt in Why Does The World Exist.

Why does the world exist?

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I strongly reccommend Why Does The World Exist by Jim Holt if you’re interested in the fundamental questions of our existence. Jim Holt explores the human intellect by asking scientists, philosophers and man of faith the easiest and the at the same time the most complex question of all time: why is there anything instead of nothing?

Holt takes a tour around the world to converse with:

  • Oxford philosopher Richart Swinburne about the universe being created by God,
  • Oxford physicist David Deutsch about the existence of multiple universes,
  • Russinan physicist Andrei Linde who thinks as the universe being a simulation of other intelligent beings,
  • Pittsburgh philosopher Adolf Grünbaum who rejects any mysteriousness in the cosmos and considers nothing to be the natural state of the Universe,
  • mathematician Roger Penrose and his neo-platonic approach to creation,
  • science fiction writer John Updike about the relationship between science and religion,
  • Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Weinberg on how a unified theory should look like
  • and physicist Alex Vilenkin about the universe sprouting from nothing as a quantum fluctuation.

In the tour Holt explores the works of thinkers like Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Schopenhauer, Leibniz and Sartre, showing the various philosophical approaches to the fundamental question throughout history.

Get the book Why Does The World Exist by Jim Holt on Amazon.

The Universe seems neither benign nor hostile, merely indifferent.

Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking and Arthur C. Clarke - God, The Universe and Everything Else.

Stephen Hawking, Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan (via satellite) discuss the Big Bang theory, God, our existence as well as the possibility of extraterrestrial life.

/by TheScienceFoundation

There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

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