Quotes & Antidotes
“The amazing thing is that every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And, the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: You are all stardust. You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements - the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, all the things that matter for evolution - weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way they could get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today.”
― Lawrence M. Krauss in A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing
Well, the first antidote would be to take an anti-arrogance pill, but I doubt he has too many on hand. The really amazing thing is how some cocky scientist can make statements like this and the average Joe and Jane just accept them without blinking. So let’s unpack this one…
- Krauss is actually able to trace the atoms in our bodies back to stars? Can he even name the stars they came from? Wow! What a guy!
- So a star exploded and just the “right stuff” ended up here on Earth to become you and me! How fortunate!
- Poetic? Maybe. Science? Not.
- So all those elements just kinda got together and made people? Quite an accomplishment with no purpose or direction! And here you are, Mr. Krauss, to tell us a nice story about how it all just kinda sorta happened that way. After all, we’re here, so, Poof! there’s the proof!
- Yep, those stars were mighty kind to explode so you could be invented!
- Ahh, now we get cutesy with Jesus. Try doing that in your classroom with Mohammed. You might lose your little head instead of garnering laughter like the YouTube version of this quote shows. I’d be more concerned about Jesus forgetting ME than me forgetting Him if I were you.
(P.S. I had a copy of his book, but considered it worthless dribble so got rid of it.)