There is nothing so practical as a good theory.
The void is ‘not-being,’ and no part of ‘what is’ is a ‘not-being,’; for what ‘is’ in the strict sense of the term is an absolute plenum. This plenum, however, is not ‘one’: on the contrary, it is a ‘many’ infinite in number and invisible owing to the minuteness of their bulk.
Rod Dreher calls attention to a physicist, Vlatko Vedral, who claims that the origin of the laws of nature can be explained scientifically: ”We believe in one method of understanding the ultimate, secure truth: the scientific method." Vedral rejects the philosophical objection that scientific explanations for the laws of nature end in infinite regress—whatever causes the laws of nature needs a cause, which needs a cause, ad infinitum. Vedral hands the accusation back to religious philosophers: who created the Creator? God is apparently stuck in the same infinite regress that philosophers accuse scientists of entertaining.
A recommended (and brief) reading.
Photograph by The Gallery Collection/Corbis (Galileo Galilei by Ivan Petrovich Koler-Viliandi)