“But with bleak honesty Jubal admitted to himself that the Universe (correction: that piece of the Universe he himself had seen) might very well be in toto an example of reduction to absurdity.  In which case the Fosterites might be possessed of the Truth, the exact Truth, and nothing but the Truth.  The Universe was a damned silly place at best…but the least likely explanation for its existence was the no-explanation of random chance, the conceit that some abstract somethings ‘just happened’ to be some atoms that ‘just happened’ to get together in configurations which ‘just happened’ to look like consistent laws and then some of these configurations ‘just happened’ to be the Man from Mars and the other a bald-headed old coot with Jubal himself.  

“No, Jubal would not buy the ‘just happened’ theory, popular as it was with men who called themselves scientists.  Random chance was not a sufficient explanation of the Universe–in fact, random chance was not sufficient to explain random chance; the pot could not hold itself.”


(Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land, “His Preposterous Heritage,” Part 2, Chpt. XIV, p 159, uncut edition, 1991)

An Insufficient Explanation of the Universe


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