+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 5 of 5

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Posts
    315

    Cosmologist searches for the 'mind of God'

    Beliefwatch: God and Cosmology
    Newsweek

    Dec. 18, 2006 issue - The more the universe seems comprehensible," the physicist Steven Weinberg once wrote, "the more it seems pointless." It is said that many of his colleagues were dismayed, not by the assertion that the universe was pointless, but over the implication that it could even have a point. But then, retorts Paul Davies, the scientist and author of more than 20 books on cosmology, what's the point of science itself?

    Davies, who has spent his career asking variations on this question, will now be in a position to look for answers as the head of a new cosmology think tank, provisionally named Beyond, at Arizona State University. The outfit, part of an ambitious effort by ASU president Michael Crow to stake out new intellectual territory for his young institution, will ask no easy questions, only deep ones like "Why are the laws of nature mathematical?"—something that's been gnawing at scientists for about 2,500 years. Davies says he wants to look into "the origin of the universe, life, consciousness and the emergence of humanity." Its first conference, later this month, will focus on what Davies calls "looking for life on Earth as we don't know it." Is our kind of DNA-based life the only kind there is? How could we tell? Where should we look for other examples? The idea that life might have evolved more than once is the central premise of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and thus of special interest to Davies, who heads SETI's "post-detection" committee—the best committee to be on, he says, since it never meets.

    But it's also of special interest to him because he occupies an increasingly isolated position among top physicists, neither conventionally religious nor as ruthlessly skeptical as Weinberg. Davies has devoted his career to searching for the equation that will reveal what he calls "the mind of God," the metaphysical foundation for everything there is. "Scientists proceed on the assumption that there is a coherent scheme to the universe to be uncovered," he said last month at a conference on belief and reason at the Salk Institute that brought together many prominent atheists, including Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris. "That's also an act of faith." Davies then gave his own version of Weinberg's formula. "The more the universe seems pointless," he said, staring down his audience of hardened skeptics, "the more it is incomprehensible."

    —Jerry Adler

    URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16126932/site/newsweek/

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    4,548

    Re: Cosmologist searches for the 'mind of God'

    Quote Originally Posted by StormyRay
    Beliefwatch: God and Cosmology
    Newsweek

    Dec. 18, 2006 issue - The more the universe seems comprehensible," the physicist Steven Weinberg once wrote, "the more it seems pointless." It is said that many of his colleagues were dismayed, not by the assertion that the universe was pointless, but over the implication that it could even have a point. But then, retorts Paul Davies, the scientist and author of more than 20 books on cosmology, what's the point of science itself?

    Davies, who has spent his career asking variations on this question, will now be in a position to look for answers as the head of a new cosmology think tank, provisionally named Beyond, at Arizona State University. The outfit, part of an ambitious effort by ASU president Michael Crow to stake out new intellectual territory for his young institution, will ask no easy questions, only deep ones like "Why are the laws of nature mathematical?"—something that's been gnawing at scientists for about 2,500 years. Davies says he wants to look into "the origin of the universe, life, consciousness and the emergence of humanity." Its first conference, later this month, will focus on what Davies calls "looking for life on Earth as we don't know it." Is our kind of DNA-based life the only kind there is? How could we tell? Where should we look for other examples? The idea that life might have evolved more than once is the central premise of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and thus of special interest to Davies, who heads SETI's "post-detection" committee—the best committee to be on, he says, since it never meets.

    But it's also of special interest to him because he occupies an increasingly isolated position among top physicists, neither conventionally religious nor as ruthlessly skeptical as Weinberg. Davies has devoted his career to searching for the equation that will reveal what he calls "the mind of God," the metaphysical foundation for everything there is. "Scientists proceed on the assumption that there is a coherent scheme to the universe to be uncovered," he said last month at a conference on belief and reason at the Salk Institute that brought together many prominent atheists, including Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris. "That's also an act of faith." Davies then gave his own version of Weinberg's formula. "The more the universe seems pointless," he said, staring down his audience of hardened skeptics, "the more it is incomprehensible."

    —Jerry Adler

    URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16126932/site/newsweek/
    I can see how his many collegues were dismayed.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Posts
    33

    Re: Cosmologist searches for the 'mind of God'

    just sounds to me like another smart guy that swallowed his pride and listened to his better judgment.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    219

    Re: Cosmologist searches for the 'mind of God'

    he may want to try searching behind his eye sockets!?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    26,313

    Re: Cosmologist searches for the 'mind of God'

    Quote Originally Posted by stefandozier
    he may want to try searching behind his eye sockets!?
    better to pluck out the eye that offends than go to h e l l!?hehe!!.....just askin...

Similar Threads

  1. Supreme Court to Examine Cell Phone Searches
    By PaulM in forum Political Scams
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 04-27-2014, 05:33 PM
  2. Brilliant Cosmologist Ignores logic to Disprove God
    By Cnance in forum Religious Scams
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 02-02-2013, 10:09 PM
  3. UK Electoral Roll searches
    By Maxicolor in forum Mail Order Scams
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 02-04-2012, 08:40 AM
  4. Nuitech Sites - Google Key Word Searches
    By tesseract21 in forum Mail Order Scams
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 01-23-2007, 10:30 PM
  5. After Subpoenas, Internet Searches Give Some Pause
    By sojustask in forum Political Scams
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-26-2006, 04:44 AM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may edit your posts
  •