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#1. In 1921, a New York rabbi asked Einstein if he believed in God. "I believe in Spinoza's God," he answered, "who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings. - Author: Jim Holt
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#2. Messages from the unseen that the great Alan Turing left behind at his death: Science is a differential equation. Religion is a boundary condition. - Author: Jim Holt
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#3. (It is interesting that the words "cosmos" and "cosmetic" have the same root, the Greek word for "adornment" or "arrangement.") - Author: Jim Holt
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#4. I really don't like to formulate what I believe because, like a quantum phenomenon, it varies from day to day, and anyway there's a sort of bad luck attached to expressing yourself too clearly. - Author: Jim Holt
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#5. Is information from the inside; physics is information from the outside. - Author: Jim Holt
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#6. Suppose you turn your attention inward in search of this 'I'. You may encounter nothing more than an ever changing stream of consciousness, a flow of thoughts and feelings in which there is no real self to be discovered. - Author: Jim Holt
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#7. To begin with, if existence arose out of a need for goodness, then it must be essentially mental. In other words, existence must ultimately consist of mind, of consciousness. - Author: Jim Holt
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#8. To abandon the principle of simplicity would be to abandon all reasoning about the external world - Author: Jim Holt
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#9. When you are trying to understand the world, it is unwise to assume that you occupy a privileged position in it. - Author: Jim Holt
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#10. Having just enough life to enjoy being dead. - Author: Jim Holt
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#11. I find it hard to swallow the notion that the world is improved by extra suffering. And that goes for a lot of Christian doctrine. Jones commits a crime, so you expiate the evil by nailing Smith to a cross and it's all better. - John Leslie - Author: Jim Holt
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#12. Consistency is the virtue of small minds, and Spinoza had a great mind - he was inconsistent all over the place. - Author: Jim Holt
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#13. You have to have a temperamental attraction to dangerous ideas ... - Author: Jim Holt
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#14. It has been said that the question, 'Why is there something rather than nothing?' is so profound that it would occur only to a metaphysician, yet so simple that it would occur only to a child. - Author: Jim Holt
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#15. Instead of being an inert object, nothingness would appear to be a dynamic thing, a sort of annihilating force. - Author: Jim Holt
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#16. The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy. - Author: Jim Holt
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#17. Does mathematics carry its own ontological clout? - Author: Jim Holt
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