Cosmos, BIOS, Theos: Scientists Reflect on Science, God, and the Origins of the Universe, Life, and Homo Sapiens

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I Have Very Little in the Way of Belief
in a Concrete God
Professor Frederick C. Robbins
Born 25 August 1916
M.D. in pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, 1940; Nobel Prize for Physiology/Medicine (shared with John F. Enders and Thomas H. Weller), 1954; received the Nobel Prize with Enders and Weller “for their discovery of the ability of poliomyelitis viruses to grow in cultures of various types of tissue”
Currently University Professor Emeritus at Case Western Reserve University
Professor Robbins on: the origin of the universe: “… we have some scientific evidence that is suggestive … as to how the universe was originally formed”. But “… there is always the unanswerable question of what went before that”. the origin of life: “… it probably began when certain elements fused into large molecules which eventually developed into the extraordinary system we know today”. the origin of Homo sapiens: i think the concepts of evolution, both chemical and biologic, are quite adequate to explain the origin of Homo sapiens …”. God: “No matter how deeply we probe scientifically, I doubt if we will be able to discover the ultimate answers. … I have very little in the way of belief in a concrete God”.

1 What do you think should be the relationship between religion and science?

It seems to me that scientists can concern themselves with religion as individuals, but science cannot really deal with religion. Science is trying to explain the knowable, whereas religion is dealing with the unknowable. Of course, one can always argue

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