Morgan Freeman on Intelligent Design and high blood pressure

credits: science channel
credits: science channel
Morgan Freeman is no scientist, as the Oscar-winning megastar is quick to point out. But he knows a thing or two about physics, in part because of his role as executive producer and host of the Science Channel’s popular „Through The Wormhole“ TV series.


The show’s new season began last month and runs through July 31, with episodes named for the big questions they explore, such as „How Do Aliens Think?“ and „Did God Create Evolution?“ The latter episode spotlights not only Darwinian evolution but also „intelligent design,“ a form of creationism that is rejected by mainstream scientists.

What about Freeman himself? Does he believe aliens exist? Does he accept Darwinian evolution–or does he favor creationism? Recently, HuffPost Science got the chance to pose these and other big questions of our own to Freeman. Here, edited for clarity, are the questions and his answers:

A recent HuffPost Science poll found that about half of all Americans believe in the existence of extraterrestrial life. Do you believe it exists? I am fairly certain that it does. If you look out into the universe, there are just billions of galaxies, and each galaxy contains billions and billions of stars. So it’s ludicrous to imagine that there aren’t other populated worlds.

Are you talking about intelligent life? I think life itself is intelligent. All life has intelligence. Otherwise it doesn’t exist.

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