The 'potential' of nothing is still nothing.
"Perhaps the potential of nothing is everything"
Time being the "big hill" to climb here.
"According to quantum mechanics, anything that is possible is mandatory"
~ Leonard Susskind; Black Hole Wars
People who take Susskind's quip seriously will also take "QM proves that QM doesn't exist" seriously.
The problem with 'nothing' is that even though it seems a perfectly valid concept it is impossible for a mere human to envision (much less describe) just what 'nothing' is. No matter how hard we try we cannot even imagine 'nothing'. It is much like infinity; while we may be able to contemplate it, understanding it seems improbable. Especially when discussing time as we intuitively assume a 'beginning'; if infinity extends in both directions of our 'arrow' then beginnings and ends have ceased having meaning.
Potential automatically assumes that there is something there on which it can act.
Me, I find existential solace with the concept of infinite universes and dimensions. This makes everything not only possible but inevitable. Perhaps we continually pop in and out of existence here in this dimension only it happens so fast that we can not measure it.
Now all I got to do is prove it. Here's is how I see the problem:
(+/-)T(time) multiplied by the square root of infinity= NOW (No Other When)
Of course I am 'probably' wrong, but I avoid occupying two places at the same time this way. Then again, 'potentially', I may be right.
Is "potential" the same thing as "probability"?
99.9% - Anytime in history when there has been an unknown - a god has been the default explanation. Fortunately, we have science to battle against sky gods and eventually it will answer humanities toughest questions.
...eventually [science] will answer humanities toughest questions.
I have no faith in that.
I am fairly confident that the god described by the christian bible does not exist, because it is so contradictory that it couldn't possibly exist in reality. All powerful yet can't defeat the chariots of iron. All loving yet kills off almost the whole population of the world. There is maybe a very very small chance that something started everything in motion, but even if that type of god existed it would make no difference to our day to day lives. I believe that most people create their own version of god using what is taught to them by their society and molding that to fit their world view. It is either a benevolent father figure, a stern disciplinarian, or just a disinterested creator depending on what that person needs.
There is no way to disprove the existence of a cosmic God-entity. I don't want to say something unprovable, so I don't say "there is no God".
However, the gods of various religions sure LOOK a great deal like creations of the human mind! This is the hypothesis that best fits the evidence.
I am one hundred and ten percent sure that god is imaginary and I know all religions are nonsense. My intuition tells me there is no god. I am just as sure that there is no god as I am sure that I exist and the world exists and everything around me exists. I never say I am agnostic and I never claim that I cannot be 100% sure there is no god and I never leave room for even the slightest bit of doubt.