Literal Quotes (5 quotes)
In my understanding of God I start with certain firm beliefs. One is that the laws of nature are not broken. We do not, of course, know all these laws yet, but I believe that such laws exist. I do not, therefore, believe in the literal truth of some miracles which are featured in the Christian Scriptures, such as the Virgin Birth or water into wine. ... God works, I believe, within natural laws, and, according to natural laws, these things happen.
In one of my lectures many years ago I used the phrase following the trail of light. The word light was not meant in its literal sense, but in the sense of following an intellectual concept or idea to where it might lead. My interest in living things is probably a fundamental motivation for the scientific work in the laboratory, and we created here in Berkeley one of the first and foremost interdisciplinary laboratories in the world.
Pursuit of the objective of maximum species diversity or even maximum species richness could lead to serious negative consequences if taken literally.
Quantum theoryat least in the Heisenberg interpretationdescribes the way the world works as a literal moment-to-moment emergence of actual facts out of a background of less factual 'potentia.'
We cannot cheat on DNA. We cannot get round photosynthesis. We cannot say I am not going to give a damn about phytoplankton. All these tiny mechanisms provide the preconditions of our planetary life. To say we do not care is to say in the most literal sense that “we choose death.”