Depends on what you mean by "nothingness." If you allow for the existence of abstractions, like the Laws of Nature, something can indeed emerge from nothingness. The Second Law of Thermodynamics says that entropy tends to increase over time, asymptotically approaching a state in which there is zero organization. However, it also allows for spatially and temporally local reversals of entropy. This is our best bet for explaining the sudden appearance of our universe. There was no net increase in matter and energy because all the particles and antiparticles exactly balance each other, but there was a tremendous local increase in the organization of this region: a temporally and spatially local reversal of entropy, as the Laws of Nature allow. This organization has been continuously dissipating, as entropy has been continuously increasing, since that one moment. Many people go beyond mere anthropomorphism and postulate a universe that is anthropocentric. Some popular religions teach that Homo sapiens is God's greatest achievement, so the entire universe is designed as a home for us, full of teaching moments.