Loved the full extract from “Marilynne Robinson: Can science solve life’s mysteries?” in saturdays Guardian. I love stuff like this.
It will be a great day in the history of science if we sometime discover a damp shadow elsewhere in the universe where a fungus has sprouted. The mere fossil trace of life in its simplest form would be the crowning achievement of generations of brilliant and diligent labour. And here we are, a gaudy efflorescence of consciousness, staggeringly improbable in light of everything we know about the reality that contains us. There are physicists and philosophers who would correct me. They would say, if there are an infinite number of universes, as in theory there could be, then creatures like us would be very likely to emerge at some time in one of them. But to say this is only to state the fact of our improbability in other terms.
the fact they are from Yale University’s Terry Lectures is even more exciting.
The Terry lectures are given by a world leading thinker into the topics of science and theology. You can find 2008’s terry lectures in itunesU from Terry Eagleton. and they are well worth finding and downloading as he speaks immense sense theologically.