Physicists and ‘God’

What do physicists mean when they say ‘God’?

Physicists use ‘God’ as a metaphor more often than other scientists—- especially in popular writing, but in the technical literature as well. Of course, this is just a metaphor for order at the heart of confusion. A rational or aesthetic pattern underlying reality is far from a theistic God. — Tanner Edis, in Is Anybody Out There?

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