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September 28, 2010

like a tightrope walker

Filed under: Comment — Aravinda @ 5:45 am

When we think about god are we thinking primarily of the origin of the universe, or the creator? Is saying "there is no god" the same as saying "there is no origin" or "there is no creator?" Is saying that there is an origin the same as saying that there is a god? what is the difference, if it is possible tohave one without the other? And strumming the harp from which the strings came, or banging the big, or letting that initial particle drop – how does it really matter whether this was done by god or by itself? How is this job related to to other jobs one might assign to god, like co-pilot, etc?

As I turned over these and other such matters I came across this wonderful quote:

"An honest religious thinker is like a tightrope walker. He almost looks as though he were walking on nothing but air. His support is the slenderest imaginable. And yet it really is possible to walk on it."
– Wittgenstein, quoted in Carlin Romano, Cosmology, Cambridge Style: Wittgenstein, Toulmin, and Hawking

September 26, 2010

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Cosmology, Cambridge Style: Wittgenstein, Toulmin, and Hawking 1

Art: Michael Morgenstern


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