[...] intelligent people only have a certain amount of time (measured in subjective time spent thinking about religion) to become atheists. After a certain point, if you're smart, have spent time thinking about and defending your religion, and still haven't escaped the grip of Dark Side Epistemology, the inside of your mind ends up as an Escher painting.
- Every time someone cries out in prayer and I can't answer, I feel guilty about not being God.- That doesn't sound good.- I understand that I have a problem, and I know what I need to do to solve it, all right? I'm working on it.Of course, Harry hadn't said what the solution was.The solution, obviously, was to hurry up and become God.
Most Muggles lived in a world defined by the limits of what you could do with cars and telephones. Even though Muggle physics explicitly permitted possibilities like molecular nanotechnology or the Penrose process for extracting energy from black holes, most people filed that away in the same section of their brain that stored fairy tales and history books, well away from their personal realities: Long ago and far away, ever so long ago.