Peter Atkins Quotes.
Someone with a fresh mind, one not conditioned by upbringing and environment, would doubtless look at science and the powerful reductionism that it inspires as overwhelmingly the better mode of understanding the world, and would doubtless scorn religion as sentimental wishful thinking.
Science is almost totally incompatible with religion.
The emergence of consciousness, like the unfolding of a leaf, relies upon restraint.
The challenge of elucidating living processes — including consciousness and all its baggage which we bundle together as ‘the human spirit’ — is only one example of a challenge where hard work is paying off and science does not need to accept the false explanations peddled by religions.
We are children of chaos, and the deep structure of change is decay. At root, there is only corruption, and the unstemmable tide of chaos. Gone is purpose; all that is left is direction. This is the bleakness we have to accept as we peer deeply and dispassionately into the heart of the Universe.
Science reveals where religion conceals. Where religion purports to explain, it actually resorts to tautology. To assert that “God did it” is no more than an admission of ignorance dressed deceitfully as an explanation.
Any argument that asserts that ‘God did it’ is a sign of a lazy mind.
Chemistry begins in the stars. The stars are the source of the chemical elements, which are the building blocks of matter and the core of our subject.
Truth is not arrived at by majority vote.
My aim is to argue that the universe can come into existence without intervention, and that there is no need to invoke the idea of a Supreme Being in one of its numerous manifestations.