Tuesday, September 25, 2007

QOTD: The Cosmos

"It is all very well to speak of the wonders of the Cosmos as testimony to the glory of God, and it may in fact be true, but it, the Cosmos is hardly perceived as such in modern technological societies . . . The wonder to the scientist is not that God made the world but that the works of God can be understood in terms of a mechanism without giving God a second thought. Is it not indeed more wonderful to understand the complex mechanism (dyads) by which the DNA of a sperm joins with the DNA of an ovum to form a new Organism than to have God snap his fingers and create an organism like a rabbit under a hat? The real wonder is not that the Cosmos is now seen as wonderful but that it is not. Despite its inconceivable vastness, it is seen not as wonderful but as something that can be explained as a dyadic system."
~Walker Percy, Lost in the Cosmos: the last self-help book

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