Thursday, March 17, 2005

Abyss without fear

"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious," wrote Einstein. What did he mean by "the mysterious"? In his new book A Sense of the Mysterious, the physicist/novelist Alan Lightman describes it this way: "A sense that we can stand right on the edge between the known and the unknown and gaze into that cavern and be exhilarated rather than frightened." It's what I meant by the subtitle of my book Skeptics and True Believers: The Exhilarating Connection Between Science and Religion -- enthusiastically embracing (and celebrating!) the abyss of our ignorance without a felt need for a security blanket of superstition.