The Quantum Thomist

Musings about quantum physics, classical philosophy, and the connection between the two.

Why Is There Something, Rather Than Nothing? (Part 1)

Last modified on Fri Mar 29 21:49:28 2019


I look at a recent article by the physicist Sean Carroll on why there is something rather than nothing.

In this post, I give an introduction to the topic. I will discuss the details in future posts.

Why Is There Something, Rather Than Nothing? (Part 2)

Last modified on Sun Oct 28 16:54:59 2018


I look at a recent article by the physicist Sean Carroll on why there is something rather than nothing.

In this post, I discuss the second section of his article, where Carroll establishes his definitions, and asks the question of what do we mean by Why and what sort of answer we might expect.

Why Is There Something, Rather Than Nothing? (Part 3)

Last modified on Sat Dec 8 22:33:38 2018


I look at a recent article by the physicist Sean Carroll on why there is something rather than nothing.

In this post, I discuss the third section of his article, where Carroll discusses the concepts of something and nothing. And I find myself largely agreeing with him.

Why Is There Something, Rather Than Nothing? (Part 4)

Last modified on Wed Jan 2 23:20:36 2019


I look at a recent article by the physicist Sean Carroll on why there is something rather than nothing.

In this post, I discuss the fourth section of his article, where Carroll tries to argue that the universe doesn't need an external explanation. He tries to argue from physics, chooing between a Hartle-Hawking model and an enternal universe, neither of which are satisfactory. He also discusses the ontological argument and principle of sufficient reason version of the cosmological argument. I find his discussion unconvincing.

Why Is There Something, Rather Than Nothing? (Part 5)

Last modified on Sat Jan 12 23:08:40 2019


I look at a recent article by the physicist Sean Carroll on why there is something rather than nothing.

In this post, I discuss the fifth section of my review, where I consider why we have these laws of physics rather than something else. Carroll is right to raise this question, but unable to answer it.

Why Is There Something, Rather Than Nothing? (Part 6)

Last modified on Tue Feb 5 23:13:14 2019


I look at a recent article by the physicist Sean Carroll on why there is something rather than nothing.

In this post, I discuss the sixth section of my review, where I discuss Carroll's final section. Professor Carroll agreed that there were basically five options to explain why there is something rather than nothing: creation, metaverse, principle, coherence and brute fact. In this section, he summarises his arguments before and against each of these options. He thinks that a brute fact is the best explanation.

I will review his discussion of these five possibilities, but focus most on the brute fact and creation explanations.