on Simplicity and Complexity, Science and Religion, and the Mother of All Questions
“We all bear conflicting needs within us. We want both, simplicity and abundance.”
BY MARIA POPOVA
“If the universe is meaningless, so is the statement that it is so,” philosopher Alan Watts, who popularized ancient Eastern teachings in the West, wrote in his classic 1951 meditation on how we wrest meaning from reality. “The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless,” the great theoretical physicist, Nobel laureate, and prolific author Steven Weinberg (b. May 3, 1933) observed a generation later in his influential 1977 book The First Three Minutes.
A lazy literalist might miss the point, for this is more Zen koan of science than nihilistic defeatism.