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How do you know this? How much "nothingness" have you studied, in order to narrow down its properties? This isn't an assertion that anyone can stand behind, without knowing what truly happens in the presence of "nothing". Maybe universes springing into existence is exactly what MUST happen when "nothing" exists. Until we know, we cannot claim that we know.
A person who is an atheist is merely one who does not have an active, standing belief in any gods. A person who is not a theist, in other words. This does not mean that the atheist will insist that they know that there are no gods. Most atheists, like myself, will admit that there just might be gods! But, without good evidence to convince us of one of these god-claims, we cannot choose one as "believed in". Without solid evidence, we remain unconvinced, and therefore without a god.
There are some atheists, of course, who DO insist that they know that there are no gods. I'd have to agree with you, this claim is fairly stupid. It is arrogant and untenable. No one knows that there AREN'T gods anymore than anyone knows that there ARE any. This simply isn't knowledge that humans possess.
Could there be gods? Sure, I suppose. But how likely is that? EVERY discovery humans have ever made, every phenomenon we've ever investigated, has turned out to have naturalistic causes and processes. Why should the universe itself be any different? Why should THAT be predicated on some kind of magic, while nothing else is?
And what good does speculating do? Whatever the true mysteries of the universe turn out to be, it's not likely that we'll simply STUMBLE onto them through philosophy. They're bound to be stranger and more arcane than we can possibly imagine. But they aren't likely to involve a superbeing who created ten trillion cubic light years of empty space, all for the benefit of one species on one planet, who have been given strict rules about their genitals, and who will be set on fire forever if they are disobedient or dismissive of the supernatural.
For my part, atheism involves opposing religious over-reach into society, and I don't think that's "stupid" at all. Everyone should have the freedom to believe whatever they want, but they go too far when they ask the government to advertise it for them, or public schools to teach it as fact, or when hospitals or businesses are permitted to discriminate against non-adherents. No one needs all that in order to hold a religious belief.
But, people should be more critical in their analysis of the claims they hear, especially supernatural ones. They just don't stand up.
Make your comment shorter.