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Extraordinary existence

23 January, 2007

“Like everybody else, I have periods of depression as I get older because of course I think about my own mortality. Some small part of me thinks: ‘well, existence is so extraordinary that maybe continued existence after death would be no more extraordinary. But as a scientist, it’s very hard for me to regard immortailty as a realistic prospect.I think religion is a comfort to people. I think it fulfills a social and psychological function and I don’t want to belittle that. But by the age of 16 I’d gone beyond feeling that it was something I needed as a psychological prop. “

scientist Paul Davies

(taken from Belief, by Joan Bakewell / BBC)

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