316 - The Mistery of Existence - Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon

Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon is a film-maker and author. He recently wrote a novel called Nothing and Everywhere, while his documentaries include Colours of Infinity, Clouds are not Spheres and Is God a Number? He is an admirer of the work of the late mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot and he believes that there is a higher intelligence in the universe:

Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon (Standard British accent)
NigelI’ve never been able to accept that life, simple… even simple life forms, emerged out of the mud just by pure random shuffling of… of atoms, and then molecules and suddenly, or not suddenly, but over maybe many millennia, a simple cellular being came into existence which then, for some unknown reason, which is, again, they can’t really explain why it would bother to go on making itself more complex... more specialised, why… what is it that drives it on to develop into… into complex beings like us. I mean, there… it seems to me that for the atheist, you know, that’s a tough one because you’d say, well, actually, why did it bother? You know, what’s the point? Because we see, in this world we see, we live in a world which is a mixture of pleasure and pain, and there’s an awful lot of misery, there’s a lot of suffering in the world, there’s a lot of loss and bereavement going on, but at the same time, I mean, we could walk out into the woods and we would look at the trees and we would go, “Nature is beautiful.”

(Nigel Lesmoir-Gordon was talking to Mark Worden)