The Grand Design
Here, Hawking and Mlodinow debate Universe beginnings through spontaneity by Physics or creation by Intelligent design. They unquestionably accept the givens in physics observation and theory from experience or experiment; simultaneously, they acknowledge the finiteness of Special and General Relativity and quantum mechanics; yet, they neglect to consider the experience and experiment of established theism and its time-critical application of omnipotence. Rightfully, they cite religion’s lack of mathematical precision; wrongly, they succumb to impreciseness in their own speculative consensus of multiple universes and unproven theory—discounting inspired creation and thus the God belief in favor of something from nothingness. Ben Winter would question the ubiquitous application of E=mc2. It cannot effectively prescribe more energy than is contained in the Ultimate Particle mass. God existence is evaluated following.
Emanuel Kant, without any apologetic for the advent of omnipotence, stated: “No man has the intellect to deny another man’s god.” Such reasoning must be accepted as truth in the absence of extrasensory abilities to evaluate another’s inherent gnosis.
Ben Winter would add to the observation: “A god can be instantaneously created by anyone at any instant and without need for verification.” While such god cannot be confirmed or denied, such acceptance can be positively impressed into the mind. Not too inclined to metaphysics neither Hawking, Mlodinow, nor Kant attempted to establish the veracity in application from the sole legal-historicism giving rise to humanity’s age-old question of god-perpetuation. Not intellectuality but symbols interpretation is the key opening this question to understanding. This study is carried to irrefutable conclusion in: THE GREAT DECEPTION: Symbols And Numbers Clarified.
Physics, like metaphysics, is a profound proposition; here, Hawking and Mlodinow review the contributions of other greats who paved the way with physics describing the essence if not quintessence of quantum mechanics. This ground floor recognition fills the book’s first half. Predictably, Feynman and Conway abstractionisms occupy several pages: advocating the theory of dualism and discreteness of perpetuation, or Game of Life. The first is an unsustainable argument and the latter a taxing subject.
Many theories and near theories propose configurations challenging the reality of particles cause and effect: String theory and M-theory (Theory of Everything) are among those proposals most difficult to assimilate into a workable thesis.
In The Christian Chronicle, noted PhD Rubel Shelly, longtime minister, author, and president of Rochester College in Michigan, also critiqued The Grand Design and made the following observation: “If there had ever been a time when absolutely nothing existed, nothing could exist now. Since something clearly has existed forever, you make the more intuitive, reasonable, and consistent-with-experience choice . . . Creative God or quantum mechanics?” Respectfully, we should question whether the good Doctor’s definition of ‘forever’ came from the traditional misconception of Bible semantics or Webster’s modern usage. In either event, Dr. Shelly is also in error. For, the word defines as ‘until the set time’ in biblical frame of reference. (explained at www.winterbriar.com)
So much for challenging everyone’s perspective of everything!
The Grand Design is a great medium to refresh the mind on evolutionary physics and prophetic theory; however, in summation, this book is more dedicated to speculation than substance.