From: Glenn Morton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Sep 03 2003 - 06:40:53 EDT
I would like to point out that the question you raise is exactly what
Inflation Theory advocated first by Alan Guth is doing. It is explaining how
the universe came to be out of preexisting Higgs fields on the vacuum. Iain
Strachan hit the question on the head. Why does the universe even exist.
That is the ultimate gap for everyone.
The choice we have is to believe a divine being of eternal existence created
the universe, or some aspect of the universe itself is eternal--in
inflation's view the eternally existing item is the vacuum (don't cofuse
this with things which clean houses or the lack of air). Inflation theory
leads to the concept of the multiverse--universes are constantly being
created in infinitude. That solves the anthropic issue for those who prefer
a non-theist answer.
The point is that we are forced to attribute eternal existence to
something--God or the universe are the leading candidates.
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