Frank Tipler claims to have proven the existence of god with phyics. Will this be the sort of answer we’ll see in Ray Comfort’s promised 13 minute proof?
Notice that we don’t actually get to see the infamous equation. We see Tipler scribble a few words like “quantum” (does the word “quantum” actually appear imbedded in the formulas describing quantum mechanics?) and a few bits and pieces of math, and then the camera lingers on him writing “= god exists”, but there isn’t any substance shown. He says stuff like, “If you are using quantum mechanics and general relativity, you are forced to conclude that god exists,” but we never get a summary beyond the assertion.
I tried to find the equation on the net — it ought to be there, somewhere, right? He was scribbling it up quickly on a single large chalkboard, so it must be reasonably concise. Alas, the closest I could come was this plain English summary:
Tipler then concludes that life must be present to the end, using a string of complex and partly circular arguments: black holes evaporate, this would violate ‘unitarity, a fundamental law of quantum mechanics’ (nowhere in books on quantum theory, not even in Tipler’s book, do I find ‘unitarity’ mentioned), so universe must collapse, but ‘event horizons’ would force information and entropy to approach zero, this contradicts second law, thus event horizons do not exist, thus information goes to infinity, thus the universe is closed and goes to final singularity, but without life this would yield an infinitely improbable state, this contradicts second law, thus life must be present to guide universe to final singularity, thus event horizons are absent.
Biology has something to do with black holes? What? This guy is a kook. I’m not even going to bother with his claims to have proven the trinity and the truth of some brand of Christianity. You’ll also have to read Victor Stenger’s review of one of his books — Tipler is one weird dude.
Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron are going to have to do much better than that. I didn’t even feel an urge to rise from my chair from that, let alone kneel down and worship the Cosmic Pixie.