Sunday, January 16, 2005

Armchair Theology

Thanks to Arts & Letters for pointing out this piece on god and physics.

"There is a photograph taken from one of the early interplanetary probes, looking back toward Earth. Earth appears as a tiny blue sphere surrounded by an immensity of blackness. It is a photograph that makes tears flow. There is no sharper visual statement of the loneliness of our planet. Earth is an insignificant speck in a vast and overwhelmingly hostile universe. There is nothing to suggest that human beings have a special role to play in this universe. Steven Weinberg is
absolutely right when he says, “The more the universe is comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.”"


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last graf of that physics essay: "What was the new element in this new religion that had such an overwhelming impact? In a word, love. That is the key word, for believers and nonbelievers alike, that raises our existence above the level of farce. And it needs no religious framework whatever to exert its power."

Since when are love and farce mutually exclusive? Seems to me like they're just mutual, and admitting the farce also opens the door for love. We're all bozos on this bus.

5:28 PM  

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