The Pseudo-Problem of Creation in Physical Cosmology

  title={The Pseudo-Problem of Creation in Physical Cosmology},
  author={Adolf Gr{\"u}nbaum},
  journal={Philosophy of Science},
  pages={373 - 394}
  • A. Grünbaum
  • Published 1 September 1989
  • Philosophy, Physics
  • Philosophy of Science
According to some cosmologists, the big bang cosmogony and even the (now largely defunct) steady-state theory pose a scientifically insoluble problem of matter-energy creation. But I argue that the genuine problem of the origin of matter-energy or of the universe has been fallaciously transmuted into the pseudo-problem of creation by an external cause. A fortiori, it emerges that the initial "true" and "false" vacuum states of quantum cosmology do not vindicate biblical divine creation ex… 
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  • Philosophy
    The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
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