Discovery Curiosity: Did God Create the Universe? (Hint: No)

A quickie here, between shed time with the 7-string. I just watched the Discovery special with Stephen Hawking, asking if God created the universe. Hawking's answer? "No." If, like yours truly, you've read A Brief History of Time and The Grand Design, there's nothing particularly new here. But it stays away from complex discussions of physics and explains everything in very simple terms.

I like Hawking's almost childlike curiosity. Like me, he's not interested in whether we can prove or disprove the existence of God. He's a scientist, and he wants to know if the only way we can hope to understand the universe is by positing a Creator. It's certainly what a lot of wishful thinkers desire to be the case. But, as he explains, the laws of nature reveal something very different.

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