Can the Universe Create Itself?

Have you heard someone say that the universe created itself? Perhaps someone of high profile? Stephen Hawking is among those who’s stated that the universe can create itself. Is this reasonable? Is it logical? Can the universe create itself? Unfortunately, the skilled scientist was a poor logician. The universe cannot create itself.

One of the biggest issues among people who debate such topics is that it is generally debated only from the scientific perspective and hardly ever from the philosophical perspective. Philosophy is important because it gives us our book of rules for how to reason and arrive at sound conclusions. Unfortunately, those who unwittingly sink into the quicksand of scientism, do not seem to understand their descent into nonsense.

In his 2010 book co-authored by Leonard Mlodinow, Hawking claimed the following:

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