A Catechism of Quantum Cosmology – A Quote from “The Devil’s Delusion”

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“The argument that Hawking has offered may be conveyed by question-and-answer, as in the Catholic catechism.   A Catechism of Quantum Cosmology

Q: From what did our universe evolve?
A: Our universe evolved from a much smaller, much emptier mini-universe. You may think of it as an egg.

Q: What was the smaller, emptier universe like?
A: It was a four-dimensional sphere with nothing much inside it. You may think of that as weird.

Q: How can a sphere have four dimensions?
A: A sphere may have four dimensions if it has one more dimension than a three-dimensional sphere. You may think of that as obvious.

Q: Does the smaller, emptier universe have a name?
A: The smaller, emptier universe is called a de Sitter universe. You may think of that as about time someone paid attention to de Sitter.

Q: Is there anything else I should know about the smaller, emptier universe?
A: Yes. It represents a solution to Einstein’s field equations. You may think of that as a good thing.

Q: Where was that smaller, emptier universe or egg?
A: It was in the place where space as we know it did not exist. You may think of it as a sac.

Q: When was it there?
A: It was there at the time when time as we know it did not exist. You may think of it as a mystery.

Q: Where did the egg come from?
A: The egg did not actually come from anywhere. You may think of this as astonishing.

Q: If the egg did not come from anywhere, how did it get there?
A: The egg got there because the wave function of the universe said it was probable. You may think of this as a done deal.

Q: How did our universe evolve from the egg?
A: It evolved by inflating itself up from its sac to become the universe in which we now find ourselves. You may think of that as just one of those things.

This catechism, I should add, is not a parody of quantum cosmology. It is quantum cosmology.”  ~ David Berlinski, page 89 of The Devil’s Delusion

 

While the tone is definitely biting, Berlinski simply shows that those great high priests of Scyenze like Hawking, Dawkins, Harris, etc, must make greater leaps of faith than ANY person of religious persuasion of any kind.

 

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Quote from “Death Wish”

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Your guts said one thing, your head said another, and your guts usually won; ….

…..the head made it crystal clear it wasn’t enough to let blind rage sweep over you…

….lunatic rage was no match for a gun. The only match for a gun was a gun of your own.

`Death Wish, page 84

 

 

Goodness, I’m loving this book. I’m already looking forward to writing a review of it. Wish I could find an edition that wasn’t a “movie” version with Charles Bronson’s face on it. I guess even the 70’s had to endure the scourge of “movie success” and books. But at least they had cool music…

 

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A Quote from the novel “Light”

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Her answering cry could barely contain the force of all her grief and self-disgust and unvoiced rage.

– Page 73, Light by M. John Harrison

 

Yeah, we’ll see if this pans out for me or not.  So far it’s been nothing but disjointed story fragments filled with selfish characters who are filled with emotions like the quote. Not a promising start, for sure.

 

Heretics of Dune Quote

You don’t write for success.  That takes part of your attention away from the writing. If you’re really doing it, that’s all you’re doing; writing.

There’s an unwritten compact between you and the reader. If someone enters a bookstore and sets down hard earned money [energy] for your book, you owe that person some entertainment and as much more as you can give.

An Introduction to Heretics of Dune, Frank Herbert

 

To bad more writers today don’t take that advice!

 

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Stinger Quote

This was too much for Cody to comprehend all at one time. Meeting a little girl from outer space in the middle of Brazos Street was weird enough, but a galactic bounty hunter in a black pyramid was one brainblaster too many.

Stinger, Page 322

Probably the best line in this book so far.

While this isn’t bad, McCammon hasn’t impressed me any more than when I read his The Border.  I’m only 60% done, so there’s still time for some mind blowing’ness to happen. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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I was hoping for a bit more of this instead of two bit gangs and a small timer for a drug cartel.

 

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Olya knew that, because she’d read about it on the Internet, and the result of three years of obsessive reading is not merely superfluous knowledge, but also excessive confidence in the printed word.

Page 27

 

“A Jewish vampire?” I exclaimed in amazement. “Well, he certainly violated all the Talmudic prohibitions.”

Page 219

The Sixth Watch – Sergei Lukyanenko