Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Do you Still Invoke a God?

I don't want to give advice to people about their religious beliefs, but I do think that it's not smart to bet against the power of science to figure out the natural world. It used to be, a thousand years ago, that if you wanted to explain why the moon moved through the sky, you needed to invoke God.

And then Galileo and Newton came along and realized that there was conservation of momentum, so things tend to keep moving.

Nowadays people say, "Well, you certainly can't explain the creation of the universe without invoking God," and I want to say, "Don't bet against it."
Caltech physicist Sean Carroll, on the power of Science and that of God, as he explores the idea that our universe is part of a larger structure and holds forth on entropy and the irreversibility of time.

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