What you have told us is rubbish. The world is really a flat plate supported on the back of a giant tortoise.
("A Brief History of Time")
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When asked, 'What did God do before he created the universe' St. Augustine didnt reply, 'he was preparing Hell for people who asked such questions.' Instead, he said that time was a property of the universe that God created, and that time did not exist before the beginning of the universe.
I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.
There is no prescribed route to follow to arrive at a new idea. You have to make the intuitive leap. But the difference is that once you've made that intuitive leap you have to justify it by filling in the intermediate steps.
If we find the answer the unified theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason -- for we would know the mind of God.
I put a lot of effort into writing A Briefer History at a time when I was critically ill with pneumonia because I think that it's important for scientists to explain their work, particularly in cosmology. This now answers many questions once asked of religion.
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