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What they claim is our Achilles heel could prove to be our vein of gold. In my pass through of editing this volume, I was tempted to argue with many of the authors, scientists and creationists alike. For example, when I hit the three chapters by our Turkish creationist colleagues, I noticed that large blocks of the same text, albeit (ironically) in mutated form, appeared between all three of them, suggesting descent from a common ancestor. I started removing the redundancies but then realized that this is not appropriate.

We don’t know. Quantum cosmology is hard going and very speculative — contact with observations are hard to come by. The traditional views that populate your list of plausible explanations for the origin of the universe hold that the origin of the universe and its laws are beyond science and are therefore eligible to be explained away by invoking the gods… again. Just as Intelligent Design is not a scientific theory that can be proved or disproved, these traditional views can neither be proved or disproved.

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