March 16, 2009

A large part of the revulsion toward a scientific account of life and the universe is, I suspect, derived from an (extremely) outdated notion of “materialism.” Religious affirmation (let’s leave the question of belief for another day) is inversely correlated with scientific understanding, after all. Atoms aren’t the billiard balls of primary school imagination; they are deeply puzzling. Hopefully, once the Hadron Collider is functioning properly and deepening human understanding of the fundamental structure of the building blocks of our universe the media will rise to the challenge of dispelling primitive “materialist” perceptions.


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