Monday, May 23, 2011

Stephen Hawking, Please Take Note


Selected quotes by Max Planck, a brilliant German physicist who is regarded the founder of quantum theory, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918. He was a contemporary of Albert Einstein's. Source: Goodreads.

"All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter."

"There is no matter as such — mind is the matrix of all matter."

"Science cannot solve the ultimate mystery of nature. And that is because, in the last analysis, we ourselves are part of nature and therefore part of the mystery that we are trying to solve."

"Science…means unresting endeavor and continually progressing development toward an aim which the poetic intuition may apprehend, but the intellect can never fully grasp."

"There can never be any real opposition between religion and science; for the one is the complement of the other. Every serious and reflective person realizes, I think, that the religious element in his nature must be recognized and cultivated if all the powers of the human soul are to act together in perfect balance and harmony. And indeed it was not by accident that the greatest thinkers of all ages were deeply religious souls."

"Under these conditions it is no wonder, that the movement of atheists, which declares religion to be just a deliberate illusion, invented by power-seeking priests, and which has for the pious belief in a higher Power nothing but words of mockery, eagerly makes use of progressive scientific knowledge and in a presumed unity with it, expands in an ever faster pace its disintegrating action on all nations of the earth and on all social levels. I do not need to explain in any more detail that after its victory not only all the most precious treasures of our culture would vanish, but — which is even worse — also any prospects at a better future."


Dave said...

And we all know what happens when we 'assume"something.

Larry Short said...

Well, what happens depends on the assumption, I guess.

Speaking of which -- I just tried to send you a message through Facebook -- but after I sent it I got a weird Facebook error message (saying "Your message could not be found.")

I'm not sure if that meant it sent you my message, or not.

Please let me know if you received it. I don't think I have your email address (do you have mine)?