A theorist today is hardly considered respectable if he or she has not introduced at least one new particle for which there is no experimental evidence.
All logical arguments can be defeated by the simple refusal to reason logically.
Any possible universe could be explained as the work of some sort of designer. Even a universe that is completely chaotic... could be supposed to have been designed by an idiot.
Elementary particles are terribly boring, which is one reason why we're so interested in them.
I don't need to argue here that the evil in the world proves that the universe is not designed, but only that there are no signs of benevolence that might have shown the hand of a designer.
I think the world needs to wake up from its long nightmare of religious belief; and anything that we scientists can do to weaken the hold of religion should be done, and may in fact be our greatest contribution to civilization.
If there is no point in the universe that we discover by the methods of science, there is a point that we can give the universe by the way we live, by loving each other, by discovering things about nature, by creating works of art.
In science we don't have prophets. We have heroes, but not prophets.
It doesn't work to build half an accelerator. The particles need to go all the way around.
It seems that scientists are often attracted to beautiful theories in the way that insects are attracted to flowers- not by logical deduction, but by something like a sense of smell.
Journalists generally have no bias toward one cosmological theory or another, but many have a natural preference for excitement.
No one knows everything, and you don't have to.
One of the great achievements of science has been, if not to make it impossible for intelligent people to be religious, then at least to make it possible for them not to be religious. We should not retreat from this accomplishment.
Putting God ahead of humanity is a terrible thing.
Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
Science doesn't make it impossible to believe in God, it just makes it possible not to believe in God
Science should be taught not in order to support religion and not in order to destroy religion. Science should be taught simply ignoring religion.
Sometimes nature seems more beautiful than strictly necessary,
The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things which lifts human life a little above the level of farce and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.
The invisible and the non-existent look very much alike.
The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.
The universe is an enormous direct product of representations of symmetry groups.
This is one of the great social functions of science- to free people from superstition.
To me, the conflict between science and religion is more important than these issues of science education or even environmentalism.
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