Richard Dawkins: "The feeling of awed wonder that science can give us is one of the highest experiences of which the human psyche is capable. It is a deep aesthetic passion to rank with the finest that music and poetry can deliver. It is truly one of the things that make life worth living and it does so, if anything, more effectively if it convinces us that the time we have for living is quite finite."-- Unweaving the Rainbow. London: Allen Lane. 1998. ISBN 9780713992144 Do we sell ourselves short by denying ourselves a sense of wonder and mystery when studying science? Granted there are many sources of what I call "fake woo". New age metaphysics, religion, and mysticism may all generate feelings of transcendence and awe in their believers. But anyone who properly understands reality thru the great magnifying lens of science will not require these artificial ploys to be inspired. They will find the universe quite a marvel in itself, so intricately worked with complex patterns, bedazzling structures, and surprising laws that any other kind of woo frankly falls way short of the mark. There' something to be said for being amazed at the baroquian complexity of reality, as well as the emergence of a consciousness to appreciate it. Therein lies more mystery and magic than any religion could ever aspire towards building with it's overarching cathedrals and thunderous hallelujah choruses. Please Register or Log in to view the hidden image!