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onager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-11 11:42 AM
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78. No Other-Wayers have trotted out Leo Szilard yet?
Szilard credited a "flash of intuition" with his idea of the nuclear chain reaction - which came to him suddenly while standing at a London traffic light in Sept. 1933.

Of course, turning that intuition into reality took years of hard work by hundreds of scientists and about $2 billion. Culminating in another kind of flash over Hiroshima.

Never mind, I think I just answered my own question - what respectable Other-Wayer wants that vaunted, mysterious, sacred attribute of intuition linked with the worse weapon ever imagined?

There's also the incovenient fact that Szilard, culturally a Hungarian Jew, was - WHOOPS! - apparently an atheist. He had a very close friendship with cancer researcher and militant atheist George Klein - author of "The Atheist and the Holy City: Encounters and Reflections."

I am, indeed, an atheist. My attitude is based on faith...the absence of a creator, the nonexistence of God is my childhood faith, my adult belief, unshakable and holy. - George Klein
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