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Is the Universe Infinite and at the same time Created?

cosmosSo asks one of my LJ friends on seeing Hubble's last photo on its Advent Calendar for 2013. As a Christian and a Catholic I, of course, answer "Yes".

This brings us back to Paley's (1802) old 'Watchmaker analogy' or 'Proof from Design'. Paley's watchmaker argument basically says that if you find a watch lying on the ground in nature, you would know it had been designed in contrast to all of the natural things around it. He argues that this is because the watch is so "complex", and that because the universe is also complex, that means it too must have been designed.

But José Luis Cordeiro claims all manner of futuristic stuff including a prediction that 2045 will be the year when "we will reach hardware and software immortality". He says: "Remember, our brains are the product of random evolution and we are creating things by design". Notice the complete reversal of the 'watchmaker analogy'.

It's a bit too soon after Christmas however to venture down that road!


Recommended reading: Michio Kaku, Hyperspace: a scientific odyssey through parallel universes, time warps, and the 10th dimension. Oxford University Press, 1994.