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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1566 on: January 12, 2016, 10:48:39 PM »
"We fear clear, honest, blunt dialogue, but what we ought to fear are stupid and dangerous ideas, because while blunt and honest dialogue might be offensive to some, stupid and dangerous ideas can be fatal to all of us."  (Matt Thornton)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1567 on: January 17, 2016, 07:42:16 PM »
Prayer of desperation is the adult manifestation of infantile crying.  (John C. Wathey)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1568 on: February 10, 2016, 01:46:18 PM »
As long as men are not trained to withhold judgement in the absence of evidence, they will be led astray by cock-sure prophets, and so it is likely that their leaders will be either ignorant fanatics or dishonest charlatans.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1569 on: April 16, 2016, 08:19:30 PM »
Prayer is the Homeopathy of human sentiment.  (Internet)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1570 on: May 20, 2016, 12:47:18 PM »
A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses; it is an idea that possesses the mind.  (Robert Oxton Bolt)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1571 on: June 24, 2016, 08:20:58 AM »
Science is working hard to figure things out. Religion is working hard to stop all progress because it thinks it has the answers already.  (our own, jetson)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1572 on: June 26, 2016, 02:30:14 PM »
Atheists are routinely asked how people will know not to rape and murder without religion telling them not to do it, especially a religion that backs up the orders with threats of hell. Believers, listen to me carefully when I say this: When you use this argument, you terrify atheists. We hear you saying that the only thing standing between you and Ted Bundy is a flimsy belief in a supernatural being made up by pre-literate people trying to figure out where the rain came from. This is not very reassuring if you’re trying to argue from a position of moral superiority.  (Amanda Marcotte)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1573 on: June 28, 2016, 01:13:47 PM »
Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them.  (Hypatia of Alexandria)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1574 on: July 05, 2016, 09:34:08 AM »
The man who thinks himself virtuous in fearing an angry God will soon begin to see virtue in submission to earthly tyrants.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1575 on: July 26, 2016, 11:30:37 PM »
When a believer prays to a god to stop a wrong, is it because the deity doesn't know what's happening, or because it doesn't know it's wrong?
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1576 on: September 22, 2016, 01:43:56 PM »
Better to be slapped with the truth than be kissed by a lie.  (Russian proverb)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1577 on: September 23, 2016, 10:10:10 AM »
Christians are like mushrooms; kept in the dark, and fed only bullshit.  (AronRa)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1578 on: September 26, 2016, 03:00:21 PM »
At the heart of science is an essential balance between two seemingly contradictory attitudes; an openness to new ideas, no matter how bizarre or counterintuitive they may be, and the most ruthless skeptical scrutiny of all ideas, old and new.  This is how deep truths are winnowed from deep nonsense.  (Carl Sagan)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1579 on: September 27, 2016, 10:57:50 AM »
The prisoner grows to love his chains. (Plato)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1580 on: September 28, 2016, 10:43:28 AM »
Sometimes people hold a belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted.  It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance, and because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief.  (Frantz Fanon)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1581 on: September 29, 2016, 01:12:27 PM »
You aren't supposed to get comfortable with or create a workaround for cognitive dissonance. You’re supposed to abandon the nonsense that created it in the first place.
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1582 on: October 03, 2016, 10:09:17 AM »
Objective truths are established by evidence.  Personal truths are established by faith.  Political truths are established by incessant repetition.  (Neil DeGrasse Tyson)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1583 on: November 15, 2016, 12:41:17 PM »
Changing your mind is okay. It shows wisdom and maturity. Never wavering from a belief no matter what is a mistake. What matters is trying to be as closely aligned with truth and reality as you can be at all times. And that requires many navigational adjustments over a lifetime.  (Guy P. Harrison)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1584 on: February 10, 2017, 10:33:59 AM »
Intellectual honesty allows us to stand outside ourselves and to think in ways that others can (and should) find compelling. It rests on the understanding that wanting something to be true isn’t a reason to believe that it is true—rather, it is further cause to worry that we might be out of touch with reality in the first place. In this sense, intellectual honesty makes real knowledge possible.  (Sam Harris)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1585 on: February 28, 2017, 09:53:01 PM »
Sometimes when I’m watching the world go by I envy the patriots and the believers. I can only imagine how nice it must feel inside that big fat herd. So much certainty and confidence, so little confusion and frustration. Reassurance everywhere; doubt nowhere.

Sometimes I wonder how life would be if borders and gods made sense to me.

What if I stepped out into the stream? How would it feel to swim in those warm illusions and delusions? But I can never know. I’m contaminated by reason and condemned by thinking. The herd is forever beyond my reach because I’m still the child who dared to doubt and cared to ask.

I try to not to mock them because I know the joke is on me. For I’m the one left alone, a social creature on the edge of society, a friendly man with few friends. My only compensation: a small bit of pride for having been awake while I lived.

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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1586 on: March 30, 2017, 12:05:15 AM »
Belief is the wound that knowledge heals.  (Ursula K. Le Guin)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1587 on: April 21, 2017, 10:02:50 PM »
"You can find religions without creationism, but you never find creationism without religion."  (Jerry Coyne)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1588 on: May 25, 2017, 08:04:53 AM »
Let me try to explain this yet again. There are no qualifiers associated with Islam. There isn't radical Islam versus sweet Islam. No extremist Islam versus peaceful Islam. No mean Islam versus kind Islam.
Islam is a collection of revelations and ideas covered in the Qur'an, the hadiths, and the Sira. Islamic divine law is codified via Sharia law.

Individual Muslims vary in the extent to which they abide to the tenets of Islam. Some of these tenets are spiritual and peaceful, others are violent and filled with genocidal hate. Both are contained within the same invariant Islam.
If someone says "Radical Islam," the next question that you should ask him/her is the following: "Where is the holy book of radical Islam and how is it uniquely separate from the latter sources?"  The same question could be asked of "Jihadism," "Islamism," and other obfuscating euphemisms.

The reason for using these meaningless qualifiers is clear. People find it unpalatable to criticize a religion in a direct and frontal manner. As such, they construct alternative unicorn ideologies that are "outside" of the "true faith." As long as this trepidation remains part of the West's zeitgeist, the issue will NEVER be resolved. That's THE SAAD TRUTH.

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