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By Richard Dawkins, Lawrence M. Krauss

Author note: Afterword by way of Richard Dawkins

Bestselling writer and acclaimed physicist Lawrence Krauss deals a paradigm-shifting view of the way every thing that exists got here to be within the first place.

"Where did the universe come from? What used to be there earlier than it? what is going to the long run carry? and at last, why is there anything instead of nothing?"

One of the few well-known scientists this present day to have crossed the chasm among technological know-how and pop culture, Krauss describes the staggeringly appealing experimental observations and mind-bending new theories that exhibit not just can whatever come up from not anything, anything will continually come up from not anything. With a brand new preface concerning the value of the invention of the Higgs particle, A Universe from not anything makes use of Krauss's attribute wry humor and fantastically transparent motives to take us again to the start of the start, providing the latest proof for the way our universe evolved—and the consequences for a way it's going to end.

Provocative, difficult, and delightfully readable, this can be a game-changing examine the main easy underpinning of lifestyles and a strong antidote to superseded philosophical, spiritual, and medical considering.

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On one level, the Timaeus will tackle the theme of “cosmic justice” as one of the aspects of cosmic teleology. At the same time, the fact that such an ostentatious empire would end up being defeated starts to suggest the unavoidable responsibility that humans have as demiurges of their own destiny, and hints at a connection between virtue and flourishing that reappears not only in the cosmological myth (42b) but in the subsequent Critias (112e). A further difficulty concerns the very status of Timaeus’ account of the universe, which is described as “likely” (eikos).

I show how, even if the first question is answered positively, the Philebus nonetheless presents an “elevated” account of the sensible world as a kind of “becoming”, in Plato’s words, that can be rendered intelligible, and is thus a “being” in some sense. I argue that this elevated account is one that endows nature with intrinsic value thanks to two factors: first, its exhibiting a mathematical structure; second, its possession of an organising mind that must be viewed as immanent, and not transcendent, to the universe itself.

I have argued so far that both nous and anankˆe are causes, and that the Demiurge corresponds to the first kind of cause. I have illustrated in what ways, and within what boundaries, II. The Philosophical Meaning of the Demiurge 41 nous can take control of anankˆe, and how both kinds of cause interact for the fulfilment of teleology in the universe. Indeed, it should be clear by now that the relation between nous and anankˆe is identical with that between primary or divine causes, on the one hand, and secondary or necessary causes, on the other (as presented in the twofold causal scheme of Tim.

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