The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious

The fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science. He who knows it not and can no longer wonder, no longer feel amazement, is as good as dead, a snuffed-out candle. It was the experience of mystery — even if mixed with fear — that engendered religion. A knowledge of the existence of something we cannot penetrate, of the manifestations of the profoundest reason and the most radiant beauty, which are only accessible to our reason in their most elementary forms-it is this knowledge and this emotion that constitute the truly religious attitude; in this sense, and in this alone, I am a deeply religious man. I cannot conceive of a God who rewards and punishes his creatures, or has a will of the type of which we are conscious in ourselves. An individual who should survive his physical death is also beyond my comprehension, nor do I wish it otherwise; such notions are for the fears or absurd egoism of feeble souls. Enough for me the mystery of the eternity of life, and the inkling of the marvellous structure of reality, together with the single-hearted endeavour to comprehend a portion, be it never so tiny, of the reason that manifests itself in nature.


Einstein describes the spiritual wonder of exploring nature, compared to the idea of a personal god.

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 The World As I See It
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Einstein, Albert (2011-03-16), The World As I See It, Open Road / Philosophical Library, Retrieved on 2011-06-02
Folksonomies: religion wonder spirituality naturalism


01 JAN 2010

 The Wonder is All Around You

Memes from scientists about the beauty and wonder all around us.
04 JUN 2011

 The Scientist Takes No Position on God

Atheism is not a scientific position, just as belief in a God is not. Scientists find spiritual fulfillment in natural laws. It's interesting to note that the scientist taking no position on god bares a remarkable resemblance to not believing in god.
Folksonomies: science religion god
Folksonomies: science religion god