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Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology$
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William Lane Craig and Quentin Smith

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263838

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263838.001.0001

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The Wave Function of a Godless Universe

The Wave Function of a Godless Universe

(p.301) XII The Wave Function of a Godless Universe
Theism, Atheism, and Big Bang Cosmology

Quentin Smith

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the wave function of a Godless universe. It analyses the concept of nothingness, the interpretation of quantum cosmology, and Stephen Hawking's quasi-instrumentalist interpretation of quantum mechanics. It comments on the concept of imaginary time in Hawking's quantum cosmology and his physical interpretations of the exponential part of the wave function, and suggests that Hawking's quantum cosmology is rationally preferable to theism. It could be argued that his cosmology has greater predictive power since it predicts that it is highly probable there is a universe with properties we observe and that the universe is near the critical density.

Keywords:   Godless universe, nothingness, quantum cosmology, Stephen Hawking, quantum mechanics, imaginary time, wave function, theism

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