John: Yes. Given the Principle of Sufficient Reason, I would agree with that axiom.
Jane: Would you also agree that if the cosmos has an explanation of its existence, then that explanation is in an external cause?
John: No. I side with Peter Atkins on this one. Are you familiar with his Cosmic Bootstrap?
Jane: Cosmic boostrap! No. I am not. Please, enlighten me with his view.
John: Atkins hold that “[s]pace-time generates its own dust in the process of its own self-assembly.”2 The cosmos caused itself.
Jane: How is that possible?