Stephen Hawking jumps the shark

It’s common in sports to see an athlete play past his prime, searching for something he never achieved or fearing life without the spotlight.  Think Muhammad Ali losing to Leon Spinks or Willie Mays batting .211 for the New York Mets.

That phenomenon is occurring with physicist Stephen Hawking. Hawking made headlines recently with a pronouncement, coinciding with the release of his book (imagine that), that he has concluded the universe could have come into existence without the assistance of God.

But has he really discovered something scientific?  Nope.  Stephen Hawking is in a Walter Mitty fantasy.  Throughout his career he longed to make that announcement and no doubt repeatedly pictured himself in that moment of atheist glory.  He retired last year without achieving his goal.

Unable to resist attention, he went ahead this year and announced it anyway with no more physics in his book to prove that God didn’t make the universe than a priest has in his Bible to show God did.

The Holy Grail for physicists is to find a unified theory that explains the whole universe, large and small.  The problem is the physical laws we know of that govern small things like atoms don’t translate to big things like galaxies, so there is no “God excluding theory.”

Scientists have erred for centuries trying to unseat God.  In prosecuting Galileo, the church was siding with wrong theories by scientists Aristotle and Ptolemy who thought the sun went round the earth, and they ignored Copernicus, the Catholic priest, who was actually right about the earth orbiting the sun.

In 1927 a Catholic priest named Monsignor Georges Lemaitre proposed what later became known as the Big Bang Theory.  It was revolutionary because science had believed the universe had no beginning or end (which would exclude God). Lemaitre’s Big Bang gave the universe a creation point, which allows then for a Creator.

Science was outraged (not in defense of science, but atheist pride). Fred Hoyle tried to lead the world back to the “steady state theory,” developed by Einstein, which Albert later called his “greatest blunder” when further observations supported the Big Bang.

So let’s examine Stephen Hawking’s new book “The Grand Design” and look at his blunders.  There are a few things you have to know first in order to clearly see that Hawking, the emperor of Cosmology, is wearing no clothes:

Point 1: “The Grand Design” isn’t really a new book.  It’s a compilation of ideas already covered in previous Hawking books like “A Brief History of Time” and “The Theory of Everything.”

Point 2: The first tiny sliver of a second that occurred at the beginning of the Big Bang is known as Planck Time. It’s important because our laws of nature as well as time itself didn’t exist separately before that.  In other words, whatever was before that was not “nature” but “supernatural.” And the hot, dense little singularity that existed before Planck Time came from where?  Stephen Hawking doesn’t know and doesn’t address it in his book.

Keith Olbermann discussed Hawking’s book last week and flashed on the TV screen a quote attributed to Pope John Paul saying we should not study earlier than Planck time, the insinuation being that the Pope feared disproving God.  Olbermann failed to flash the very same quote from Hawking who also said it; I guess the insinuation would be that Hawking is afraid to confirm God.  But give Olbermann a pass for the transgression — anything beyond reading sports scores and he gets lost.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashwini-Kumar-Lal/1315334815 Ashwini Kumar Lal

    Realization of the supernatural force commanding this universe is very much evident from the knowledge of quantum physics itself. The incidence of electron not collapsing into the nucleus despite the electron gradually losing its energy during its orbit around the nucleus on account of emission of radiation resulting from its motion in the magnetic field, is a glaring example of presence of the supernatural force at micro level. There is always a minimum energy level for the electron in its orbit around the nucleus beyond which trespassing is not permissible. And then, quantum tunnelling and quantum fluctuations are the other bizarre natural phenomena that appear to be regulated at Almighty’s behest alone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashwini-Kumar-Lal/1315334815 Ashwini Kumar Lal

    Notwithstanding the fact that diferent theories under the proposed M-theory in Hawking’s latest book represent different facets of the same underlying theory i.e., ‘The Theory of Everything’, its viability as ‘The Grand Design’ providing mathematical formulism for unification of fundamental forces in nature is highly speculative, with very remote possibility of its being verified expermentally. It may not be out of place to mention that the ‘Big Bang Model’ has alredy failed one of the crucial acid test for its survival that relates to detection of remnant of gravity waves from the earliest epoch of the universe. Existence of gravitational – wave background, predicted by Einstein in 1916 in his general theory of relativity, is expected from the violent early moments of the Big Bang much like the cosmic microwave background that fills the sky with radio waves from the early universe. While the microwave background originated 380,000 years after the Big Bang, gravitational – wave background purportedly come directly from events in the first minute after the Big Bang. As per Einstein’s prediction, the cataclysmic Big Bang is believed to have created a flood of gravitational waves – ripples in the fabric of space-time that still fill the universe, albeit at a very feeble strength to be discernible by the conventional astronomical tools, and carry information about the universe as it was in the immediate aftermath of the Big Bang. Ironically, the much publicized LIGO experiments, undertaken at whopping sum of over $365 million, for probe of remnant of the gravity waves from the earliest epoch of the universe have so far yielded nothing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ashwini-Kumar-Lal/1315334815 Ashwini Kumar Lal

    Readers may like to watch the video feature titled
    “Big Bang Theory-The ‘biggest’ lie of all? ‘Science’,with NO [Zero, none] ‘scientific evidence’?”
    on ‘You Tube’ at the website: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2K-YVmuOCY .

    Ashwini Kumar Lal

  • ashwini

    Awarding the ‘2006 Physics Nobel’ to the advocates of the ‘Big Bang Model’ appears to have been one of the biggest blunders committed by the Nobel Committee in the light of the prevailing inconsistencies like the persisting redshift controversy as pinpointed by several cosmologists in the past that has direct bearing on the expanse and the age of the universe, presence of fully developed mature galaxies with higher metallicity in the very early epoch of the universe, and the presence of superclusters of galaxies interspersed with supervoids in the cosmos, that remain inexplicable by the ‘Big Bang Model’.Ironically, Hawking’s immense popularity as a popular science writer hinges on success of his widely popular book, ‘A Brief History of Time’ that is all about the origin of the universe. Authencity of the information contained in the book depends on the validity of the ‘Big Bang Model’.When the said model itself in mired in deep controversy, what Hawking has been preaching to the world is a mere gossip without element of authenticity.

    Readers may also like browse posting no.435 on page 44 of the hread :’Stephen Hawking: God was not needed to create the Universe’ at the website : http://www.politics.ie/education-science/137173-stephen-hawking-god-not-needed-create-universe-44.html .

    Ashwini Kumar Lal