X-Message-Number: 23839
Date: Thu, 08 Apr 2004 23:48:55 -0700
From: Mike Perry <>
Subject: Something from "nothing"

David Pizer writes:

>Why is the universe eternal?
>Something cannot come from nothing.

and more recently reiterates that something cannot come from nothing. There 
are two interesting points I think worth making. One is that there could be 
more than one universe, thus some particular universe could be not eternal, 
while reality as a whole still was eternal. The second is that whether you 
can get something from nothing depends on your notion of nothing. Empty 
space qualifies as "nothing" in many people's opinion, yet we know that 
particles can spontaneously come into being from a vacuum. Could a whole 
universe come into being this way? I think this is more or less conjectured 
to have happened with the big bang.

Mike Perry

Rate This Message: http://www.cryonet.org/cgi-bin/rate.cgi?msg=23839