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Thursday, July 13, 2006


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Blogger Seán said...

Over at Godlorica,you commented on the post "Why Steven Hawking's Cosmology Precludes a Creator" (26Jun2006): “If we say that the universe is infinitely old, we commit the first fallacy [infinite regress] because no amount of time is sufficient to arrive at "now."”

I’ve never heard it put this way, and I’m not sure it is correct. We are in fact here at “now”, which reminds me of the first reason for believing that Zeno was yanking our chain.

Could you please explain?

Saturday, July 15, 2006 8:25:00 PM

Blogger Non-random Thoughts said...

Yes, you are correct: "We are here, in fact, at 'now.'" The problem is that we cannot arrive at "now" if the universe is infinitely old. Looking at things a different way, how far into the past would we need to go in order to arrive at the beginning. Obviously, we can never arrive at a beginning in an infinitely old universe. So an infinitely old universe has no beginning. If there is no beginning then there is no ultimate cause of the universe. This is the problem of infinite regress. With the advent of big bang cosmology, most scientists now accept that the universe is not infinitely old. However, an infinitely old universe was rejected by philosophers long before evidence for the big bang. You can learn more about this in the other articles in my blog, or in most apologetics books.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006 4:53:00 PM


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