You are roughly eighteen billion years old and made of matter that has been cycled through the multimillion-degree heat of innumerable giant stars. You are composed of particles that once were scattered across thousands of light-years of interstellar space, particles that were blasted out of exploding suns and that for eons drifted through the cold, starlit vacuum of the Galaxy. You are very much a child of the cosmos.
Equations of Eternity Introduction (p. xiii)
Dyson, Freeman J.
When we examine matter in the finest detail in the experiments of particle physics, we see it behaving as an active agent rather than an inert substance. Its actions are in the strict sense unpredictable. It makes what appear to be arbitrary choices between alternative possibilities. Between matter as we observe it in the laboratory and mind as we observe it in our own consciousness, there seems to be only a difference in degree but not in kind. If God exists and is accessible to us, then his mind and ours may likewise differ from each other only in degree and not in kind. We stand, in a manner of speaking, midway between the unpredictability of matter and the unpredictability of God. Our minds may receive inputs equally from matter and from God. This view of our place in the cosmos may not be true, but it is at least logically consistent and compatible with the active nature of matter as revealed in the experiments of modern physics. Therefore, I say, speaking as a physicist, scientific materialism and religious transcendentalism are neither incompatible nor mutually exclusive. We have learned that matter is weird stuff. It is weird enough, so that it does not limit God's freedom to make it do what he pleases.
Infinite in All Directions Part I Chapter 1 (p. 8)
I am Matter. I am the condensation,
The Kink in empty space that provides resistance,
Precious inertia—mine the sole foundation
On which swift Energy's flow of fluid emanation
Fraternally builds reality into existence.
The Captive Shrew Matter, Energy, Time and Space
The organization of the universe demands that matter abandon itself to the games of chance.
Atoms of Silence Chapter 16 (p. 177)
There is infinitely more nothing in the universe than anything else.
The Poorhouse Fair Chapter II (p. 90)
And now, in our time, there has been unloosed a cataclysm which has swept away space, time and matter, hitherto regarded as the firmest pillars of natural science, but only to make place for a view of things of wider scope, and entailing a deeper vision.
Space, Time, Matter Introduction (p. 2)
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