Thursday, January 28, 2016

Is the Universe Pointless?

Physicist Stephen Weinberg wrote, “The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.”

In contrast, consider this: "The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems wondrous."

Such contrary views of existence.

Weinberg's comment reminds one of other scientists who claim homo sapiens are "bags of chemicals" and "puppets," etc.

But check out the contrary views of scientists such as English astronomer and physicist Arthur Eddington, evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky, cell biologist Kenneth R. Miller, French astronomer and physicist Georges Lemaitre, etc.

Also, consider Albert Einstein's wonder at the cosmos and its "radiant beauty":
"A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty - it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man."

"The most beautiful and most profound experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms - this knowledge, this feeling is at the center of true religiousness."
Albert Einstein, The Merging of Spirit and Science

In the Light,

Daniel Wilcox

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