Hawking and Hertog call their theory ‘top-down’ cosmology, because instead of looking for some fundamental set of initial physical laws under which our Universe unfolded, it starts ‘at the top’, with what we see today, and works backwards to see what the initial set of possibilities might have been. In effect the present ‘selects’ the past.
For the “religious versus atheist” debate as seen in the Digg comments … Here are some thoughts written by Albert Einstein that I think are appropriate.
“My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind.”
“I want to know God’s thoughts,….. the rest are details..”
Truly religious people are not afraid of science, because Science simply puts the wonderment of creation on display for all to see.
Truly Scientific minds are not afraid to acknowledge the possibility of a higher being, or state of being.
As we can see from the digg comments to this story … There are always a number of those who would rather stifle science and discovery in the name of religion, dirt worship, politics or atheism. Or simply because the facts don’t happen to agree with their personal worldview.