I am optimistic that the physicists of our species will complete Einstein’s dream and discover the final theory of everything before superior creatures, evolved on another world, make contact and tell us the answer. I am optimistic that, although the theory of everything will bring fundamental physics to a convincing closure, the enterprise of physics itself will continue to flourish, just as biology went on growing after Darwin solved its deep problem. I am optimistic that the two theories together will furnish a totally satisfying naturalistic explanation for the existence of the universe and everything that’s in it including ourselves. And I am optimistic that this final scientific enlightenment will deal an overdue deathblow to religion and other juvenile superstitions.
Gil on enlightenment:
I am optimistic that physics, information theory, and biological science will one day demonstrate beyond any doubt that the universe and living things are the product of design. I am optimistic that biological science will flourish, as never before, despite the fact that Darwinism led us down a false path for a century and a half. I am optimistic that this final scientific enlightenment will deal an overdue deathblow to materialism and other juvenile superstitions.