Question on Quora:
As an atheist, what is your view of the idea that some kind of sentient being could have kicked off the events that led to the Big Bang?
Maybe. Maybe not. But let’s not confuse imagination with Science.
To quote the great scientist, Thomas H. Huxley: “The great tragedy of Science – the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.” Science requires falsifiability and is built on observation and empirical evidence. Imagination, on the other hand, requires nothing but a creative mind; literally anything can happen in the world of fantasy.
I love how Neil deGrasse Tyson puts it:
Scientific discovery at any moment has a frontier, and there tends to be an urge for people, especially for religious people, to assert that across that boundary into the unknown lies the handiwork of God.