Sir Bob Jones

The recent death of 1979 Nobel Prize winning American physicist Steven Weinberg aged 88, recalled his famous quip about the evolution of the universe in the three minutes after the Big Bang, specifically, “After that, nothing of any interest would happen in the history of the universe”.

He was wrong of course. What he should have said is “…nothing of “such comparative” interest “has” happened…” not “would”. We can’t read the future and for reasons humanity will never learn as we won’t exist, the universe might implode tomorrow.

That said, in a backhanded way Weinberg made the observation that the more the universe seems comprehensible, the more it also seems pointless. Who can quarrel with that?

Understandably an atheist, Weinberg rightly mocked religion for trying to create a fictional purpose for our existence, which he found tragic.

I don’t find it pointless. The fact is we are here and there can be no better goal than not trying to comprehend the concept of timelessness and endlessness which is futile, but instead get on with the pursuit of laughter and happiness, the latter to be the sole domain of each of us to determine rather than have it prescribed by busy-body bores and fear-ridden supernaturalists.

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Bob Jones

Bob Jones

Sir Robert ‘Bob’ Jones — now New Zealand’s largest private office building owner in Wellington and Auckland, and with substantial holdings in Sydney and Glasgow, totalling in excess of two billion...