John Hands



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“Neither science nor reasoning offers a convincing explanation of the origin and form of the universe, and hence of the origin of the matter and energy of which we consist. I think it most likely that it is beyond their ability to do so. In Ellis’s view the ability of science to answer foundational questions is strictly limited. The evidence so far from this quest supports his “profound conclusion that certainty is unattainable at the foundations of understanding in all areas of life, including fundamental physics and cosmology as well as philosophy [and] even the apparently impregnable bastion of mathematics”. This is not a counsel of despair or pessimism. If we accept the limitations of science and reasoning, “we can attain satisfying and even profound understandings of the universe and the way it works, at all times regarded as provisional but nevertheless providing a satisfactory worldview and foundation for action”. Hopefully science will have greater explanatory power when I move on from the emergence of matter to its evolution.”
John Hands, Cosmosapiens: Human Evolution from the Origin of the Universe

“We are matter. We may be more than matter. We may be manifestations of a cosmic consciousness, as mystical insights maintain, or three-dimensional simulations generated by a super-intelligent computer, as one philosophical conjecture proposes. But this quest seeks to establish what currently we know, or can reasonably infer, from experiment or observation of the world that we perceive: in other words, what science tells us we are and where we came from.”
John Hands

“Neither any modifications to the Inflationary Big Bang model nor any competing conjectures currently provide a satisfactory scientific, as distinct from mathematical, explanation of the origin of the matter of which we consist and why the universe took the very particular form, rather than any other form, that allowed the eventual evolution of humans. There must be an explanation—and one of these conjectures may eventually supply it—but cosmology has problems meeting the generally accepted tests that differentiate science from speculation or belief.”
John Hands, Cosmosapiens: Human Evolution from the Origin of the Universe



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