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|Holt's other conversations are with people who do marvel at being, but they also confirm Grünbaum's point about the puzzling nature of nothingness. It is all very well to say the universe started with a Big Bang, but how? Did it burst out like 'a party girl jumping out of a cake,' as Fred Hoyle put it? But how can one even speak of cakes, or of 'bursting out,' when there is no pre-Bang time or space from which to burst? As Holt says, we tend to think of the start of the universe by analogy with a concert, where we sit fiddling with our programs until the music begins. But there is no tuning-up, no fiddling. It's hard to visualize nothingness, though Holt quotes a beautiful definition by the physicist Alex Vilenkin: 'a closed spherical spacetime of zero radius.' Try jumping out of that. - In my opinion, the universe is a living organism, and the 'Big Bang' was an autotelic cosmic 'seed.'|
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