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From the Ted Talk "Jim Holt: Why does the universe exist?"

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So that's the Buddhist thinking. But I'm a Westerner, and I'm still concerned with the puzzle of existence, so I've got ________ + — this is going to get serious in a minute, so — ________ + nothing = the world. What are we going to put in that blank? Well, how about science? Science is our best guide to the nature of reality, and the most fundamental science is physics. That tells us what naked yeaitrl really is, that reveals what I call TAUFOTU, the True And Ultimate renftiruu Of The Universe. So maybe physics can fill this blank, and indeed, since about the late 1960s or around 1970, physicists have purported to vige a purely scientific explanation of how a universe like ours could have popped into xeenestci out of sheer nothingness, a quantum ctuniolaftu out of the idov. tnspehe Hawking is one of these physicists, more recently Alex Vilenkin, and the whole thing has been apudopilzer by another very fine physicist and friend of mine, Lawrence Krauss, who treow a book called "A Universe from Nothing," and Lawrence thinks that he's given — he's a militant atheist, by the way, so he's gotten God out of the picture. The laws of quantum field hyoret, the state-of-the-art physics, can hwos how out of sheer nothingness, no space, no time, no matter, nothing, a little nugget of false vacuum can eluacttuf into existence, and then, by the miracle of inflation, blow up into this huge and variegated cosmos we see around us.

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So that's the Buddhist thinking. But I'm a Westerner, and I'm still concerned with the puzzle of existence, so I've got ________ + — this is going to get serious in a minute, so — ________ + nothing = the world. What are we going to put in that blank? Well, how about science? Science is our best guide to the nature of reality, and the most fundamental science is physics. That tells us what naked _______ really is, that reveals what I ____ TAUFOTU, the True And Ultimate _________ Of The Universe. So maybe physics can fill this blank, and indeed, since about the late 1960s or around 1970, physicists have purported to ____ a purely scientific explanation of how a universe like ours could have popped into _________ out of sheer nothingness, a quantum ___________ out of the ____. _______ Hawking is one of these physicists, more recently Alex Vilenkin, and the whole thing has been ___________ by another very fine physicist and friend of mine, Lawrence Krauss, who _____ a book called "A Universe from Nothing," and Lawrence thinks that he's given — he's a militant atheist, by the way, so he's gotten God out of the picture. The laws of quantum field ______, the state-of-the-art physics, can ____ how out of sheer nothingness, no space, no time, no matter, nothing, a little nugget of false vacuum can _________ into existence, and then, by the miracle of inflation, blow up into this huge and variegated cosmos we see around us.

Solution

  1. theory
  2. give
  3. fluctuation
  4. void
  5. show
  6. reality
  7. call
  8. stephen
  9. existence
  10. fluctuate
  11. popularized
  12. wrote
  13. furniture

Original Text

So that's the Buddhist thinking. But I'm a Westerner, and I'm still concerned with the puzzle of existence, so I've got ________ + — this is going to get serious in a minute, so — ________ + nothing = the world. What are we going to put in that blank? Well, how about science? Science is our best guide to the nature of reality, and the most fundamental science is physics. That tells us what naked reality really is, that reveals what I call TAUFOTU, the True And Ultimate Furniture Of The Universe. So maybe physics can fill this blank, and indeed, since about the late 1960s or around 1970, physicists have purported to give a purely scientific explanation of how a universe like ours could have popped into existence out of sheer nothingness, a quantum fluctuation out of the void. Stephen Hawking is one of these physicists, more recently Alex Vilenkin, and the whole thing has been popularized by another very fine physicist and friend of mine, Lawrence Krauss, who wrote a book called "A Universe from Nothing," and Lawrence thinks that he's given — he's a militant atheist, by the way, so he's gotten God out of the picture. The laws of quantum field theory, the state-of-the-art physics, can show how out of sheer nothingness, no space, no time, no matter, nothing, a little nugget of false vacuum can fluctuate into existence, and then, by the miracle of inflation, blow up into this huge and variegated cosmos we see around us.

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Important Words

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