. So, Mark Vernon wants us hard-nosed realists to feel warm and fuzzy. From this BBC post:
A prize-winning quantum physicist says a spiritual reality is veiled from us, and science offers a glimpse behind that veil. So how do scientists investigating the fundamental nature of the universe assess any role of God, asks Mark Vernon.
Before anything, a note on the aforementioned prize winning physicist: It’s Bernard d’Espagnat, a French physicist, and more importantly, the prize is The Templeton Prize (aha, that explains it). Firstly, who and what the heck is God. Secondly, what the hell does he mean by ‘role of God’. Here’s an equivalent restatement without any loss of meaning: So how do scientists investigating the fundamental nature of the universe assess any role of Flying Spaghetti Monster .
Steven Weinberg lays it plain. He says the question is meaningless (I find this assessment the most agreeable). Others are not so clear-minded, especially Brian Swimme who Mark Vernon quotes as saying “the universe is attempting to be felt”. Part of the Universe sitting on a sofa is now scratching its head and pondering the meaning of this statement.