Victor J. Stenger Quotes

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1. “Infinity...is used in physics simply as a shorthand for "a very big number.”

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Source : God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist

2. “Science flies you to the moon. Religion flies you into buildings.”

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3. “The existence of matter and energy in the universe did not require the violation of energy conservation at the assumed creation. In fact, the data strongly support the hypothesis that no such miracle occurred. If we regard such a miracle as predicted by the creator hypothesis, then the prediction is not confirmed.”

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Source : God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist

4. “Rather than being handed down from above, like the Ten Commandments, they [the laws of physics] look exactly as they should look if they were not handed down from anywhere...they follow from the very lack of structure at the earliest moment.”

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Source : God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist

5. “The transition of nothing-to-something is a natural one, not requiring any agent.”

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Source : God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist

6. “The God of the gaps argument for God fails when a plausible scientific account for a gap in current knowledge can be given. I do not dispute that the exact nature of the origin of the universe remains a gap in scientific knowledge. But I deny that we are bereft of any conceivable way to account for that origin scientifically.”

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Source : God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist

7. “The claim that the universe *began* with the big bang has no basis in current physical and cosmological knowledge. The observations confirming the big bang do not rule out the possibility of a prior universe.”

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Source : God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist

8. “The myth of quantum consciousness sits well with many whose egos have made it impossible for them to accept the insignificant place science perceives for humanity, as modern instruments probe the farthest reaches of space and time. ... quantum consciousness has about as much substance as the aether from which it is composed. Early in this century, quantum mechanics and Einstein’s relativity destroyed the notion of a holistic universe that had seemed within the realm of possibility in the century just past. First, Einstein did away with the aether, shattering the doctrine that we all move about inside a universal, cosmic fluid whose excitations connect us simultaneously to one another and to the rest of the universe. Second, Einstein and other physicists proved that matter and light were composed of particles, wiping away the notion of universal continuity. Atomic theory and quantum mechanics demonstrated that everything, even space and time, exists in discrete bits – quanta. To turn this around and say that twentieth century physics initiated some new holistic view of the universe is a complete misrepresentation of what actually took place. ... The myth of quantum consciousness should take its place along with gods, unicorns, and dragons as yet another product of the fantasies of people unwilling to accept what science, reason, and their own eyes tell them about the world.”

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9. “Selling eternal life is an unbeatable business, with no customers ever asking for their money back after the goods are not delivered.”

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10. “As Nobel laureate physicist Frank Wilczek has put it, "The answer to the ancient question, 'Why is there something rather than nothing?' would then be that 'nothing' is unstable." ... In short, the natural state of affairs is something rather than nothing. An empty universe requires supernatural intervention--not a full one. Only by the constant action of an agent outside the universe, such as God, could a state of nothingness be maintained. The fact that we have something is just what we would expect if there is no God.”

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Source : God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist

11. “The complex order we now observe [in the universe] could *not* have been the result of any initial design built into the universe at the so-called creation. The universe preserves no record of what went on before the big bang. The Creator, if he existed, left no imprint. Thus he might as well have been nonexistent.”

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Source : God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist

12. “We have yet to encounter an observable astronomical phenomenon that require a supernatural element to be added to a model in order to describe the even...Observations in cosmology look just as they can be expected to look if there is no God.”

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Source : God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist

13. “Observations in cosmology look just as they can be expected to look if there is no God.”

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Source : God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist

14. “The most fundamental laws of physics are not restrictions on the behaviour of matter. Rather, they are restrictions on the way physicists may describe that behaviour.”

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Source : God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist

15. “Science is not going to change its commitment to the truth. We can only hope religion changes its commitment to nonsense.”

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16. “The origin and the operation of the universe do not require any violations of the laws of physics.”

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Source : God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist