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" 'God said, "Let there be light:" and there was light.'

"It is certainly a beautiful poetic statement. But does it contain any science?... [To] an astrophysicist, [it] made no sense to have light come first, and then to claim that the Sun, the moon and the stars ... were created only subsequently," says Bernard Haisch, the staff physicist at the Lockheed Martin Solar & Astrophysics Laboratory in California. Then he became involved in research on the zero-point field, which "is a background sea of light whose total energy is enormous."

Speaking of this research, he goes on, "If we are right [about the zero-point field], then 'Let there be light' is indeed a very profound statement, ... as one might expect of its purported author. The solid, stable world of matter appears to be sustained at every instant by an underlying sea of quantum light."

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March 13, 2000

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