Theory may often delay understanding of new phenomena observed with new technology unless theorists are quite open-minded as to what types of physical laws may need to be applied: conservatism is unsafe...In astrophysics, historically, theories have only seldom had predictive usefulness as guides to experimenters.
We cannot long observe the beauteous Parts of the visible Creation, not only those of this World on which we live, but also the Myriads of bright Bodies round us, with any Attention, without being convinced, that a Power supreme, and of a Nature unknown to us, presides in, and governs it...
Thus, the very chance and randomness that prevent man from predicting the future are the tools that nature uses to insure not only the emergence of life in each expansion cycle of the universe but also the approach to perfection and complete harmony as more and complex forms of life evolve.
We should expect to find stars and galaxies in all stages of evolution as they form from existing material and then decay. For stars this is certainly the case.... There may be a similar evolutionary process for galaxies, but at the moment we do not have enough experimental evidence to give us the clues to the evolutionary pattern.
In giving birth to us, the universe has performed its most astonishing creative act. Out of a hot, dense melee of subatomic particles... it has fashioned intelligence and consciousness... Somehow the anarchy of genesis has given way to exquisite, intricate order, so that now there are portions of the universe that can reflect upon themselves..