In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, "Jesse F. Hughes" <email@example.com> wrote:
> Hey, William. > > You recently suggested that BroilJAB's stupid (and often racist) posts > usually have some (admittedly very tenuous) connection to reality. > That really surprised me. > > Is the following made-up quote a counterexample to what you claimed? > Or is there some tenuous connection I don't see? > > Just curious. > > BroilJAB <DesignDenier@wmconnect.com> writes: > > > "The specified complexity of Life and the Cosmos > > render the existence of God highly plausible." > > -Dr Dawkins. > >
It is a made up quote. the actual source reads:
After two hours of conversation, Professor Dawkins walks far afield. He talks of the possibility that we might co-evolve with computers, a silicon destiny. And he's intrigued by the playful, even soul-stirring writings of Freeman Dyson, the theoretical physicist.
In one essay, Professor Dyson casts millions of speculative years into the future. Our galaxy is dying and humans have evolved into something like bolts of superpowerful intelligent and moral energy."
[So the context of discussion is now established as being in Dyson's far future, and the following must be interpreted in that context]
"Doesn't that description sound an awful lot like God?"
[Again establishing that the context is Dyson's future universe]
"Certainly," Professor Dawkins replies. "It's highly plausible that in the [Dyson future] universe there are God-like creatures."
He raises his hand, just in case a reader thinks he's gone around a religious bend. "It's very important to understand that these [future] Gods came into being by an explicable scientific progression of incremental evolution."
Could they be immortal?
The professor shrugs. "Probably not." He smiles and adds , "But I wouldn't want to be too dogmatic about that."
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