Random Quote #87 topic: atheism, Wayne Aiken's atheism cookie file

"The level of awe that you get by contemplating the modern scientific view of
the universe: deep time (by which I mean geological time), deep space, and
what you could call deep complexity, living things..... that level of awe is
just orders of magnitude greater and more awe-inspiring than the sort of
pokey medieval world-view which the church still actually has. I mean, they
sort of pay lip-service to the scientific world-view, but if you listen to
what they say on Thought For The Day [a religious program on BBC Radio] and
things like that, it is medieval. It's a small world, a small universe, with
the sky up there, very little advance since that time. So I yield to nobody
in my awe for the universe and for life, but I also have a deep desire to
understand it, in terms of what makes it work, what makes it tick, and not
to take refuge in spurious non-explanations like "I just believe it
because I believe it," that sort of thing."
[Richard Dawkins, interview with Douglas Adams]


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