Even more ado about nothing: Richard Dawkins on ‘almost nothing’

Is Professor Dawkins watching his words more carefully than usual when he says ‘almost nothing’ in his discussion with Rowan Williams (ex-Cantuar)? Dawkins says: “The laws of physics have conspired to make the collisions of atoms produce plants, kangaroos, insects, and us. Darwin gives courage to the rest of science that we shall end up understanding literally everything, springing from almost nothing—a thought extremely hard to comprehend and believe.” Hard to believe? Indeed! And lovely rhetoric, that juxtaposition of literally everything/almost nothing. But two problems: 1. Believing that the laws of physics are responsible for everything including this little blog post asking about the nature of the laws of physics; 2. Science only works with the laws of physics. To ask questions about how they came into being is to ask a philosophical or theological question, not a scientific one.

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