By: David Rice To: Rick Gordon Re: what evidence would do? +gt;+gt;JW+gt; I understand tha

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By: David Rice To: Rick Gordon Re: what evidence would do? >>JW> I understand that Einstein (sp?) said he believed in a >>JW> creator of the universe etc. >CF> I understand you haven't been around here long enough to >CF> here all there is to here about Einstein's theistical >CF> perspective; he was an atheist. RG> Really? What about "Einstein keeps talking about God: what are RG> we to make of that? It is extremely difficult to imagine that a RG> scientist like Einstein should have such strong ties with a RG> religious tradition." Werner Heisenberg, Physics and Beyond: RG> Encounters and Conversations (New York; Harper and Row, 1971), RG> p.82 Are you asserting that intelligent, educated people cannot believe in a god? That is far from the truth. Smart people can, and often DO, believe in absurdities, impossibilities, and silly nonsense. The creator and author of Sherlock Holmes believed in faries! The following from _Albert Einstein: The Human Side_ which is a collection of snippets from his archives. Edited by Helen Dukas and Banesh Hoffman. Published by Princeton University Press. "It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religous convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it." -.-- "I cannot conceive of a personal God who would directly influence the actions of individuals, or directly sit in judgement on creatures of his own creation. I cannot do this in spite of the fact that mechanistic causality has, to a certain extent, been placed in doubt by modern science. "My religiosity consists in a humble admiration of the infinitely superior spirit that reveals itself in the little that we, with our weak and transitory understanding, can comprehend of reality. Morality is of the highest importance -- but for us, not for God." -.-- "But, on the other hand, every one who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe -- a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble. In this way, the pursuit of science leads to a religious feeling of a special sort, which is indeed quite different from the religiosity of someone more naive." -.-- "I do not believe in immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it"


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