Hmmmmm. Burnham’s Celestial Handbook from the year I was born.
Humans, Cities, Freedom & the Future
I think I would say that the universe has a purpose, it’s not somehow just there by chance … some people, I think, take the view that the universe is just there and it runs along – it’s a bit like it just sort of computes, and we happen somehow by accident to find ourselves in this thing. But I don’t think that’s a very fruitful or helpful way of looking at the universe, I think that there is something much deeper about it.
There is absolutely no way that unaided human intuition can predict or even imagine how things work on such distant scales. Physical laws that apply at one scale do not cease to be true at other scales: they merely cease to matter.
He who will please the crowd and for the sake of the most ephemeral renown will either proclaim those things which nature does not display or even will publish genuine miracles of nature without regard to deeper causes is a spiritually corrupt person.