You said 'I don't think [Stephen Hawking's] mind of god remark, read in context, was stupid at all.'
Well, reading my own remark in context, I still think Hawking's comment is stupid - but I might withdraw the epithet 'utterly stupid.' :-)
In fact, his remark is instructive. He's saying that 'the ultimate triumph of human reason' would be to 'know the mind of God.' Nice metaphor. Bad philosophy. Bad philosophy, 'cos it's not really saying anything. If one really has to ask 'the question of why it is that we and the universe exist,' then wouldn't it be better to repair to a textbook of metaphysics than a Bible? And if that textbook was to inform the reader that there is no 'why' to the existence of the universe, just an 'it is' ... then so much the better.
The remark is instructive because it tells us that when physicists, no matter how brilliant, begin to think about the wider implications of what they have discovered then they are no less vulnerable to bad philosophy than anyone else - which is, of course, 'what I am driving at' with the article.
Because Hawking has no rational textbook of metaphysics to repair to - philosophers having abandoned the goal of producing such a thing - when he tries to tell us that he's on to something profound, the only thing he has to repair to to give his idea wings is bad theology. Where, with a rational metaphysics and a rational epistemology we might have found a burnished goal for all his endeavours in cosmology, instead we find at the end of his road only a stale platitude: 'that we might know the mind of God.'
Bad philosophy has affected what physicists have said and claimed. But Hawking's comment itself wasn't bad, just stupid. :-)
You're quite right that convoluted gibberish such as Steve's is an attempt to 'prove' that there is no proof. His argument demonstrates that there is more to accepting an idea than just an examination of that idea's internal consistency, what ever his Popperian epistemology might say.
Fact is, once you've abandoned causality and identity you've abandoned any hope of making sense of what you see: you've begun talking gibberish anyway.
(Edited by Peter Cresswell on 4/17, 7:16pm)