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Дата рождения: 3. Май 1933

Сти́вен Ва́йнберг — американский физик, лауреат Нобелевской премии по физике в 1979 году «за вклад в объединённую теорию слабых и электромагнитных взаимодействий между элементарными частицами, в том числе предсказание слабых нейтральных токов».

„Попытка понять Вселенную — одна из очень немногих вещей, которые чуть приподнимают человеческую жизнь над уровнем фарса и придают ей оттенок высокой трагедии.“

„Единственный путь, по которому может идти любая наука, это предположить, что не было никакого Божественного вторжения, и посмотреть, насколько далеко удастся при этом продвинуться.“

„Для тех, кто не видит никакого конфликта между религией и наукой, религия практически полностью отступила с территории, занятой наукой.“

„Чем больше мы уточняем наши представления о Боге, чтобы сделать это понятие приемлемым, тем больше оно кажется бессмысленным.“

„Религия оскорбляет достоинство человека. Есть она или нет, добрые люди будут творить добро, а дурные — зло. А вот чтобы заставить доброго человека совершить зло — тут без религии не обойтись.“

„With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil - that takes religion.“

„Religion is an insult to human dignity. Without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things.
But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.“

„All logical arguments can be defeated by the simple refusal to reason logically“ Dreams of a Final Theory

„The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.“

„The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless“

„Science doesn't make it impossible to believe in God, it just makes it possible not to believe in God“

„Frederick Douglass told in his Narrative how his condition as a slave became worse when his master underwent a religious conversion that allowed him to justify slavery as the punishment of the children of Ham. Mark Twain described his mother as a genuinely good person, whose soft heart pitied even Satan, but who had no doubt about the legitimacy of slavery, because in years of living in antebellum Missouri she had never heard any sermon opposing slavery, but only countless sermons preaching that slavery was God's will. With or without religion, good people can behave well and bad people can do evil; but for good people to do evil — that takes religion.“

„One of the great achievements of science has been, if not to make it impossible for intelligent people to be religious, then at least to make it possible for them not to be religious. We should not retreat from this accomplishment.“

„Many of the great world religions teach that God demands a particular faith and form of worship. It should not be surprising that SOME of the people who take these teachings seriously should sincerely regard these divine commands as incomparably more important than any merely secular virtues like tolerance or compassion or reason.
Across Asia and Africa the forces of religious enthusiasm are gathering strength, and reasom and tolerance are not safe even in the secular states of the West. The historian Huge Trevor-Roper has said that it was the spread of the spirit of science in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries that finally ended the burning pf the witches in Europe. We may need to rely again on the influence of science to preserve a sane wolrd. It's not the certainty of the scientific knowledge that fits it for this role, but its UNCERTAINTY. Seeing scientists change their minds again and again about the matters that can be studied directly in laboratory experiments, how can one take seriously the claims of religious traditions or sacred writings to certain knowledge about matters beyond human experience“

„It does not matter whether you win or lose, what matters is whether I win or lose!“

„It used to be obvious that the world was designed by some sort of intelligence. What else could account for fire and rain and lightning and earthquakes? Above all, the wonderful abilities of living things seemed to point to a creator who had a special interest in life. Today we understand most of these things in terms of physical forces acting under impersonal laws. We don't yet know the most fundamental laws, and we can't work out all the consequences of the laws we do know. The human mind remains extraordinarily difficult to understand, but so is the weather. We can't predict whether it will rain one month from today, but we do know the rules that govern the rain, even though we can't always calculate their consequences. I see nothing about the human mind any more than about the weather that stands out as beyond the hope of understanding as a consequence of impersonal laws acting over billions of years.“

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