Re: Does science have all answers?
Nice to see you after a long time:
You can add one more option to your list:
4. The Universe does not exist, but it appears to exist!
There is no way science can explain this according to me.
Hinduism has disposed off
1. the Universe is eternal; it always has existed and always will exist; (and)
2. the Universe is not eternal; rather, it created itself out of nothing;
so the only options from our end is
3. the Universe is not eternal, and did not create itself out of nothing, but instead was created by something (or Someone) outside of, and superior to, itself. (jAti vAda)
4. The Universe does not exist, but it appears to exist! (ajAti vAda)
3) does not have direct evidence(pratyaxa), but it can be inferred from a potter/pot analogy, but this analogy may not be correct for the question on the universe. Hence the only evidence is scriptural testimony, which is beyond the realm of material science.
4) also has neither direct nor inferential evidence, and hence must be trace only to scriptural testimony. ( words of the wise).
You may want to ask yourself: If God alone existed before the universe, what did he create the universe with? If you say that God created the universe out of nothing, you have not answered the third question, and it is equivalent with the second. So, if it were created by God, it must have created out of God as well - material causalty, by a process of modification( or other cause).
Hinduism does offer a scientific way to determine the cause of universe - the practice of one of the means of Yoga. But when the Yoga culimates you are no longer intersted in the answer, because you just found something far more important. The universe is almost insignifcant to the question "Who am I?". when you know who are are, you know what God is, and know the answer to every question. Without Yoga, material science would be helpless to uncover the secrets of the universe, however much it may advance.
Guard your Dharma, Burn the Myth, Promote the Truth, Crush the superstition.