Martin Amis on Being Agnostic

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In this 2006 Moyers Moment from Bill Moyers on Faith & Reason, novelist Martin Amis talks about his inner conflicts when it comes to his own agnosticism.

“Agnostic is the only respectable position, simply because our ignorance of the universe is s0 vast… We’re about eight Einsteins away from getting any kind of handle on the universe,” Amis tells Bill. “But why is the universe so incredibly complicated? That makes me delay my vote on the existence of some intelligence.”

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  • Rick Julian

    this non-anthropomorphic, “intelligence” is the nature of what the ancient Chinese called the Tao. I’ve just published a book on Amazon, “The Red Pill” that provides modern insight into the nature of this ineffable intelligence of which Amis speaks.

    nice, interview, Bill. thanks.

    rick julian, author
    “The Red Pill”