Steven Weinberg, Nobel Prize winner, physics
…"The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it seems pointless."
Albert Einstein, Nobel Prize winner, physics
“The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is so comprehensible.”
Francis Crick, Nobel Prize winner, physiology/medicine
"Your joys and sorrows, your memories and ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules."
Antony Flew, Oxford philosopher and atheist
…some sort of intelligence or first cause must have created the universe. A super-intelligence is the only good explanation for the origin of life and the complexity of nature.
…biologists' investigation of DNA ''has shown, by the almost unbelievable complexity of the arrangements which are needed to produce [life], that intelligence must have been involved,''
“The human race is just a chemical scum on a moderate-sized planet.”
“Although science may solve the problem of how the universe began, it cannot answer the question:
Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing? What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe?”
Richard Dawkins, Oxford zoologist …
…the universe “has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but pointless indifference.”
…human beings are “machines for propagating DNA”.
“My mind is open to the most wonderful range of future possibilities, which I cannot even dream about, nor can you, nor can anybody else. When we were talking about the origins of the universe and the physical constants, I provided what I thought were cogent arguments against a supernatural intelligent designer. But it does seem to me to be a worthy idea. Refutable--but nevertheless grand and big enough to be worthy of respect.
If there is a God, it's going to be a whole lot bigger and a whole lot more incomprehensible than anything that any theologian of any religion has ever proposed.”
Jacques Monod, Nobel Prize winner, physiology/medicine
“The ancient covenant is in pieces. Man knows at last that he is alone in the universe’s unfeeling immensity, out of which he emerged only by chance.
God has been utterly refuted by science.”
Alan Sandage, Hubble's successor at Mt. Wilson and Mt. Palomar
"I find it quite improbable that such order came out of chaos. There has to be some organizing principle.
God, to me, … is the explanation of the miracle of existence, why there is something instead of nothing…
If God did not exist, science would have to invent Him to explain what it is discovering at its core."
Carl Sagan – Pale Blue Dot
Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.
Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
Paul Davies, Director of Beyond: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science…
“I belong to a group of scientists who do not subscribe to a conventional religion but nevertheless deny that the universe is a purposeless accident.
Through my scientific work I have come to believe more and more strongly that the physical universe is put together with an ingenuity so astonishing that I cannot accept it merely as a brute fact.
There must, it seems to me, be a deeper level of explanation. Whether one wishes to call that deeper level ‘God’ is a matter of taste and definition.”
Sir Fred Hoyle…Plumian Professor of Astronomy at Cambridge University, and the founder of the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge
“Would you not say to yourself, 'some super-calculating intellect must have designed the properties of the carbon atom, otherwise the chance of my finding such an atom through the blind forces of nature would be utterly miniscule.’
“Of course, you would! A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super-intellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as with chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature. The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question.
“The probability of life originating at random is so utterly minuscule as to make the random concept absurd.”
…wrote in his book "The World As I See It" that the harmony of natural law "Reveals an intelligence of such superiority that, compared with it, all the systematic thinking and acting of human beings is an utterly insignificant reflection."
Eugene Wigner, Nobel Prize Winner, Physics
“...the enormous usefulness of mathematics in the natural sciences is something bordering on the mysterious and...there is no rational explanation for it.”
Richard Feynman, Nobel Prize Winner, Physics
“Why nature is mathematical is a mystery...The fact that there are rules at all is a kind of miracle.”
"Science without religion is lame, Religion without science is blind."
“Life appears to be almost a miracle.”
"The more I examine the universe and study the details of its architecture, the more evidence I find that the universe in some sense must have known we were coming."
Stuart Kauffman, MacArthur Fellow at the University of Calgary…
“If life in its abundance were bound to arise, not as an incalculably improbable accident, but as an expected fulfillment of the natural order then we truly are at home in the universe.
If I am right, the motto of life is not We the improbable, but We the expected.”