Steven Weinberg Quotes

The effort to understand the universe is one of the very few things that lifts human life a little above the level of farce, and gives it some of the grace of tragedy.
Steven Weinberg (The First Three Minutes, 1993)
An expert is a person who avoids the small errors while sweeping on to the grand fallacy. 
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Putting God ahead of humanity is a terrible thing.
Steven Weinberg (The Atheism Tapes Inteview, 2003)
It's a consequence of the experience of science. As you learn more and more about the universe, you find you can understand more and more without any reference to supernatural intervention, so you lose interest in that possibility. Most scientists I know don't care enough about religion even to call themselves atheists. And that, I think, is one of the great things about science - that it has made it possible for people not to be religious.
Steven Weinberg
All logical arguments can be defeated by the simple refusal to reason logically.
Steven Weinberg (Dreams of a Final Theory, 1993)
It seems a bit unfair to my relatives to be murdered in order to provide an opportunity for free will for Germans, but even putting that aside, how does free will account for cancer? Is it an opportunity of free will for tumors?
I don't need to argue here that the evil in the world proves that the universe is not designed, but only that there are no signs of benevolence that might have shown the hand of a designer. But in fact the perception that God cannot be benevolent is very old. Plays by Aeschylus and Euripides make a quite explicit statement that the gods are selfish and cruel, though they expect better behavior from humans. God in the Old Testament tells us to bash the heads of infidels and demands of us that we be willing to sacrifice our children's lives at His orders, and the God of traditional Christianity and Islam damns us for eternity if we do not worship him in the right manner. Is this a nice way to behave? I know, I know, we are not supposed to judge God according to human standards, but you see the problem here: If we are not yet convinced of His existence, and are looking for signs of His benevolence, then what other standards can we use?
Steven Weinberg (A Designer Universe?)
The more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless.
Steven Weinberg (Dreams of a Final Theory, 1993)
One of the great achievements of science has been, if not to make it impossible for intelligent people to be religious, then at least to make it possible for them not to be religious. We should not retreat from this accomplishment.
Steven Weinberg (Facing Up: Science and Its Cultural Adversaries, 2001)
It used to be obvious that the world was designed by some sort of intelligence. What else could account for fire and rain and lightning and earthquakes? Above all, the wonderful abilities of living things seemed to point to a creator who had a special interest in life. Today we understand most of these things in terms of physical forces acting under impersonal laws. We don't yet know the most fundamental laws, and we can't work out all the consequences of the laws we do know. The human mind remains extraordinarily difficult to understand, but so is the weather. We can't predict whether it will rain one month from today, but we do know the rules that govern the rain, even though we can't always calculate their consequences. I see nothing about the human mind any more than about the weather that stands out as beyond the hope of understanding as a consequence of impersonal laws acting over billions of years.
Steven Weinberg (Facing Up: Science and Its Cultural Adversaries, 2001)
The whole history of the last thousands of years has been a history of religious persecutions and wars, pogroms, jihads, crusades. I find it all very regrettable, to say the least.
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Premature as the question may be, it is hardly possible not to wonder whether we will find any answer to our deepest questions, any signs of the workings of an interested God, in a final theory. I think that we will not.
Steven Weinberg (Dreams of a Final Theory, 1993)
I think one of the great historical contributions of science is to weaken the hold of religion. That's a good thing. 
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This is one of the great social functions of science -- to free people from superstition.
Steven Weinberg (Freethought Today, 2000)
Maybe at the very bottom of it... I really don't like God.
Steven Weinberg (The Atheism Tapes Inteview, 2003)
I think the world needs to wake up from its long nightmare of religious belief; and anything that we scientists can do to weaken the hold of religion should be done, and may in fact be our greatest contribution to civilization.
Steven Weinberg (Beyond Belief: Science, Religion, Reason and Survival, 2006)
Elementary particles are terribly boring, which is one reason why we're so interested in them.
Steven Weinberg (Elementary Particles and The Laws of Physics, 1999)
I enjoy being at a meeting that doesn't start with an invocation!
Steven Weinberg (Freethought Today, 2000)
Religious people have grappled for millennia with the theodicy, the problem posed by the existence of suffering in a world that is supposed to be ruled by a good God. They have found ingenious solutions in terms of various supposed divine plans. I will not try to argue with these solutions, much less to add one of my own. Remembrance of the Holocaust leaves me unsympathetic to attempts to justify the ways of God to man. If there is a God that has special plans for humans, then He has taken very great pains to hide His concern for us. To me it would seem impolite if not impious to bother such a God with our prayers.
Steven Weinberg (Dreams of a Final Theory, 1993)
It seems that scientists are often attracted to beautiful theories in the way that insects are attracted to flowers - not by logical deduction, but by something like a sense of smell.
Steven Weinberg (Physics Today, 2005)
There is one constant that seems to be fine tuned...and that is dark energy.
Steven Weinberg (The Atheism Tapes Inteview, 2003)
Even though their arguments did not invoke religion, I think we all know what's behind these arguments. They're trying to protect religious beliefs from contradiction by science. They used to do it by prohibiting teachers from teaching evolution at all; then they wanted to teach intelligent design as an alternative theory; now they want the supposed "weaknesses" in evolution pointed out. But it's all the same program - it's all an attempt to let religious ideas determine what is taught in science courses.
Steven Weinberg
With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
Variant: Religion is an insult to human dignity. With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing bad things, but for good people to do bad things, it takes religion.
Steven Weinberg (Quoted in The New York Times, 1999)


Steven Weinberg Biography

Born: May 3, 1933

Steven Weinberg is an American theoretical physicist. His contributions in physics earned him a Nobel laureate in 1979.