„A junkyard contains all the bits and pieces of a Boeing 747, dismembered and in disarray. A whirlwind happens to blow through the yard. What is the chance that after its passage a fully assembled 747, ready to fly, will be found standing there? So small as to be negligible, even if a tornado were to blow through enough junkyards to fill the whole Universe.“

—  Fred Hoyle

Arguing that living organisms could not have arisen by chance alone.
The Intelligent Universe (1983), p. 19

Fred Hoyle photo
Fred Hoyle1
matematico, fisico e astronomo britannico 1915 - 2001

Citazioni simili

Fred Hoyle photo
Ray Comfort photo
Alastair Reynolds photo
Stephen King photo
John Muir photo

„When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.“

—  John Muir Scottish-born American naturalist and author 1838 - 1914

Travels in Alaska http://www.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit/writings/travels_in_alaska/ (1915), chapter 1: Puget Sound and British Columbia
1910s

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg photo
Carl Sagan photo
William James photo

„The "through-and-through" universe seems to suffocate me with its infallible impeccable all-pervasiveness.“

—  William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910

Essays in Radical Empiricism http://www.archive.org/stream/essaysinradicale00jameuoft/essaysinradicale00jameuoft_djvu.txt (1912), Ch. 12 : Absolutism and Empiricism
1910s
Contesto: The "through-and-through" universe seems to suffocate me with its infallible impeccable all-pervasiveness. Its necessity, with no possibilities; its relations, with no subjects, make me feel as if I had entered into a contract with no reserved rights … It seems too buttoned-up and white-chokered and clean-shaven a thing to speak for the vast slow-breathing unconscious Kosmos with its dread abysses and its unknown tides.

Mike Oldfield photo
Maimónides photo
Benjamin Franklin photo

„He that blows the coals in quarrels that he has nothing to do with, has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face. “

—  Benjamin Franklin American author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, a… 1706 - 1790

F. H. Bradley photo
Marcus Aurelius photo
Maimónides photo
William James photo
Orson Scott Card photo
John Crowley photo

„She wondered whether her head were so big as to be able to contain all this starry universe, or whether the universe were so little that it would fit within the compass of her human head.“

—  John Crowley American writer 1942

Bk. 2, Ch. 4
Little, Big: or, The Fairies' Parliament (1981)
Contesto: She wondered whether her head were so big as to be able to contain all this starry universe, or whether the universe were so little that it would fit within the compass of her human head. She alternated between these feelings, expanding and diminishing. The stars wandered in and out of the vast portals of her eyes, under the immense empty dome of her brow; and then Smoky took her hand and she vanished to a speck, still holding the stars as in a tiny jewel box within her.

Jerome K. Jerome photo

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

x