I think I listened to one of Martin Rees’ Reith Lectures last year, but I listened to a couple yesterday and thought they were very good. I like a public lecture where the author skilfully throws of intimations of his own perspectives on life on the way to making his central points. (I think I like this a lot more when I agree with those perspectives than when I don’t ;)
Anyway, I liked this passage, and hadn’t heard the quote before.
When asked about religion, Darwin diffidently responded “The whole subject is too profound for the human intellect. A dog might as well speculate on the mind of Newton. Let each man hope and believe as he can”.
To which Rees adds “A glaringly different stance from some of his present-day disciples!”
All the Reith lectures back to 1978 can be podcast. Our ABC seems to be doing a bit more of this as well, though on a quick squiz I can’t find anything going back beyond 2009. You can also get the e-book of Peter Cosgrove’s lectures on iTunes. It costs $10.99.