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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1537 on: May 18, 2014, 08:34:43 PM »
What I'm saying is, if God wanted to send us a message, and ancient writings were the only way he could think of doing it, he could have done a better job.  (Carl Sagan)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1538 on: May 19, 2014, 10:04:49 AM »
God & religion: invented by humans for humans.
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1539 on: May 20, 2014, 08:55:41 AM »
On capital punishment: "I'm disappointed that my own Catholic Church has decided that capital punishment is wrong. Which is pretty hypocritical if you think about it, because they wouldn't even have a religion if it wasn't for capital punishment."  (Stephen Colbert)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1540 on: May 21, 2014, 09:59:50 AM »
We keep on being told that religion, whatever its imperfections, at least instills morality. On every side, there is conclusive evidence that the contrary is the case and that faith causes people to be more mean, more selfish, and perhaps above all, more stupid.  (Christopher Hitchens)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1541 on: May 22, 2014, 01:26:03 PM »
We are the only species intelligent enough to understand that death is inevitable, and the only species stupid enough to think that delusion is the best way of dealing with it.
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1542 on: May 23, 2014, 10:08:40 AM »
Why God never earned a PhD:

He had only one major publication.

It was in Hebrew.

It had no references.

It wasn't published in a refereed journal.

Some even doubt he wrote it by himself.

His cooperative efforts have been quite limited.

The scientific community has had a hard time replicating his results.

He never applied to the ethics board for permission to use human subjects.

When one experiment went awry he tried to cover it by drowning his subjects.

When subjects didn't behave as predicted, he deleted them from the sample.

He rarely came to class, just told students to read the book.

Some say he had his son teach the class.

He expelled his first two students for learning.

Although there were only 10 requirements, most of his students failed his tests.

His office hours were infrequent and usually held on a mountain top.

No record of working well with colleagues.
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1543 on: May 25, 2014, 09:50:37 AM »
Every man is the creature of the age in which he lives; very few are able to raise themselves above the ideas of the times.  (Voltaire)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1544 on: May 26, 2014, 11:53:49 AM »
It is time to step out of our evolutionary heritage and our historical traditions and embrace science as the best tool ever devised for explaining how the world works, and to work together to create a social and political world that embraces moral principles and yet allows for natural human diversity to flourish. Religion cannot do the job because it has no systematic methods of explanation of the natural world, and no means of conflict resolution on moral issues when members of competing sects hold absolute beliefs that are mutually exclusive. Flawed as they may be, science and the secular Enlightenment values expressed in Western democracies are our only hope for survival.  (Michael Shermer)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1545 on: May 27, 2014, 09:20:48 AM »
Religion is institutionalized ignorance.  (screwtape)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1546 on: May 28, 2014, 08:03:18 AM »
Many of us saw religion as harmless nonsense. Beliefs might lack all supporting evidence but, we thought, if people needed a crutch for consolation, where's the harm? September 11th changed all that. Revealed faith is not harmless nonsense, it can be lethally dangerous nonsense. Dangerous because it gives people unshakeable confidence in their own righteousness. Dangerous because it gives them false courage to kill themselves, which automatically removes normal barriers to killing others. Dangerous because it teaches enmity to others labelled only by a difference of inherited tradition. And dangerous because we have all bought into a weird respect, which uniquely protects religion from normal criticism. Let's now stop being so damned respectful! (Richard Dawkins)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1547 on: May 29, 2014, 08:38:40 AM »
I have read the majority of the Old Testament. I must say that I am thoroughly shocked and disgusted by the performance of all the characters - especially God.
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1548 on: May 30, 2014, 08:46:47 AM »
Sadly, the human race doesn't seem willing or ready or able to grow up nor to let go of the parental figure of god. The human race prefers to dump its responsibilities or blame on the big daddy in the sky. We won't revolve further as a species until we can go beyond this state.
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1549 on: August 25, 2014, 06:48:26 PM »
Destiny is written concurrently with the event, not prior to it.  (Jacques Monod)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1550 on: October 13, 2014, 05:09:13 PM »
A purpose-seeking animal will find itself as the purpose of nature.  (Michael Shermer)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1551 on: December 11, 2014, 05:15:21 PM »
Beliefs are nothing to be proud of.

Believing something is not an accomplishment. I grew up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they’re really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because “strength of belief” is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you’ve made it a part of your ego. Listen to any “die-hard” conservative or liberal talk about their deepest beliefs and you are listening to somebody who will never hear what you say on any matter that matters to them — unless you believe the same. It is gratifying to speak forcefully, it is gratifying to be agreed with, and this high is what the die-hards are chasing. Wherever there is a belief, there is a closed door. Take on the beliefs that stand up to your most honest, humble scrutiny, and never be afraid to lose them.

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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1552 on: December 18, 2014, 10:24:56 PM »
"The ultimate form of reality denial is the implantation of a false belief in one's own mind."  (Ajit Varki)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1553 on: February 27, 2015, 12:35:47 PM »
"The truth is not always halfway between two extremes: some propositions are flat wrong."  (Steven Pinker)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1554 on: April 15, 2015, 03:19:10 PM »
The Bible is like a restaurant: If you want to enjoy the results, do not go looking around too closely.
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1555 on: May 19, 2015, 03:39:19 PM »
It seems to me a fundamental dishonesty and a fundamental treachery to intellectual integrity to hold a belief because you think it's useful and not because you think it's true.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1556 on: June 02, 2015, 09:31:02 AM »
"It should physically hurt from the inside to be this actively stupid."  (Comment seen on Facebook to creationist)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1557 on: June 08, 2015, 05:31:40 PM »
"A lie has many variations.  The truth....none."
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1558 on: July 10, 2015, 10:08:04 AM »
Praying is the more dramatic alternative way of doing nothing.
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1559 on: July 23, 2015, 09:58:50 AM »
There is something feeble and a little contemptible about a man who cannot face the perils of life without the help of comfortable myths.  Almost inevitably some part of him is aware that they are myths and that he believes them only because they are comforting.  But he dare not face this thought!  Moreover, since he is aware, however dimly, that his opinions are not rational, he becomes furious when they are disputed.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1560 on: July 26, 2015, 09:44:28 AM »
Religion, since it has its source in terror, has dignified certain kinds of fear, and made people think them not disgraceful.  In this it has done mankind a great disservice: all fear is bad.  I believe that when I die I shall rot, and nothing of my ego will survive.  I am not young, and I love life.  But I should scorn to shiver with terror at the thought of annihilation.  Happiness is none the less true happiness because it must come to an end, nor do thought and love lose their value because they are not everlasting.  Many a man has borne himself proudly on the scaffold; surely the same pride should teach us to think truly about man’s place in the world. Even if the open windows of science at first make us shiver after the cozy indoor warmth of traditional humanizing myths, in the end the fresh air brings vigor, and the great spaces have a splendour of their own.  (Bertrand Russell)
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