Davies inhabits the no-man’s-land between Einstein’s pantheistic metaphoric God - i.e. Einstein was an atheist - and, as per his Mind of God, some weird form of deism for which Templeton awarded him a silly amount of money for saying something nice about religion. He is well known for speaking outside his very narrow bailiwick with no authority whatsoever on arsenic based DNA bacteria and the colonization of Mars. Science is littered with geniuses who lost the plot if they ever had it. Hoyle (his Cambridge postdoctoral mentor), Margulis, etc, etc.
The cleverest human being I will ever meet, with the possible exception of Polkinghorne, lived on a very broken boat. I used to buy him lunch. He solved a bottleneck on the genome project and there was talk of an honourable mention in a Nobel. He has no body of work because he can’t. Think A Beautiful Mind. Not that far gone, but although he sees patterns that nobody else can see that are there, he also sees them when they aren’t. He really is probably smarter than Sir John. Who couldn’t imagine the multiverse in the mind of God either. God is fair.
Penrose inhabits the same kind of universe, “I think I would say that the universe has a purpose, it’s not somehow just there by chance … some people, I think, take the view that the universe is just there and it runs along—it’s a bit like it just sort of computes, and we happen somehow by accident to find ourselves in this thing. But I don’t think that’s a very fruitful or helpful way of looking at the universe, I think that there is something much deeper about it.”
Ah, reading up, THERE’S the list.
David Gross - Jewish theist
Paul Steinhardt - cyclic universe
Anna Ijjas - cyclic universe
Abraham Loeb - Aliens… “Noah’s Spaceship”
David Spergel - Steinhardt buddy
Neil Turok - cyclic universe, Steinhardt buddy
Michael S. Turner
Roger Penrose - mystic
George Ellis - Quaker
Joe Silk - infinite cosmos
Carlo Rovelli - no time
Adam Frank - Buddhist?
Marcelo Gleiser - winner of the Templeton Prize
Jim Baggott - empiricist
Paul Davies - pantheist-deist
Just keep staring eternity in the face guys.
I bet you NONE of these guys believes in an idiosyncratic finite universe.