Friday, November 28, 2014

Of Time and Miracles

Is crossing a large chasm of space and time resources a miracle?
Treating the empirical time scale of the evolution theoretically as infinity they have then an easy game, apparently to avoid the concept of purposesiveness. While they pretend to stay in this way completely ‘scientific’ and ‘rational’, they become actually very irrational, particularly because they use the word ‘chance’, not any longer combined with estimations of a mathematically defined probability, in its application to very rare single events more or less synonymous with the old word ‘miracle’.”
 -- Wolfgang Pauli to Niels Bohr, 2/15/1955, letter 2015 in von Meyenn (2001), p.105

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