Besides the demonstration of a lack of understanding of Popper’s “don’t tolerate the intolerable” shown above, I think this post demonstrates where humanity is stuck right now. With things somewhat stalled out at CERN for a mere couple years, anyone who wants to say that “scientists don’t know” is jumping back in with joy and abandon.
People are unable to understand what is not understandable. That is, there are things we don’t understand, like what happened at the first fraction of a second at the point we call the beginning of this universe. Even giving it a name, “the singularity” confuses people because they then think that is something that can be described. The definition of that is the point where all laws of nature that we knew before 1920 break down and we can no longer say what that was but it appears to be where everything came from. We also don’t know what caused it to burst into the time and space that we see, so those who want to believe in “first causes” think they have license to say they know it must be that first cause and then start giving that attributes, based on absolutely nothing.
So, some people started calling it nothing. Boy was that a mistake. But it’s better than the “first causers” because “first causers” attributes are all defined based on previously observed facts about how things work in this cause and effect universe (that one that actually has underlying quantum fields making it all happen) but they are applying Newtonian physics mixed with ancient myth to describe it. By “nothing”, physicists mean nothing that we interact with, nothing that we can sense with our senses, neutrinos that pass right through us, things that you need to predict using math, then confirm using billions of dollars and the smartest people on earth.
Those smart people have taken the place of the Pharisees in the imagination of the average person. They are not trusted. They appear to have some archaic knowledge that they aren’t telling us. The average person doesn’t know how to determine if they are trustworthy, yet powerful people trust them and give them money and prestige. A few of them even look down their noses at those who don’t trust them. Or is that just perception? The difference between them and the Pharisees, is their books are open. Anyone, any language, any sex, any heritage can learn what they know. This has been done over and over. Cultural barriers still exist, but they are upheld by the people with the closed books, not by the scientists. If you can’t figure out that difference, the world of knowledge is forever a frightening place to you.