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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1131 on: February 01, 2013, 11:09:21 AM »
What has been said of God is either unintelligible or perfectly contradictory; and for this reason must appear impossible to every man of common sense.  (Baron d'Holbach)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1132 on: February 02, 2013, 08:35:45 AM »
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed – and hence clamorous to be led to safety — by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.  (H.L. Mencken)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1133 on: February 03, 2013, 06:43:00 PM »
My earlier views of the unsoundness of the Christian scheme of salvation and human origin of the scriptures have become clearer and stronger with advancing years, and I see no reason for thinking I shall ever change them.  (Abraham Lincoln)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1134 on: February 04, 2013, 10:12:26 AM »
Autocracy cannot do without its twin agents: a hangman and a priest. The first to suppress popular resistance by force, the second to sweeten and embellish the lot of the oppressed with empty promises of a heavenly kingdom.  (Vladimir Lenin)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1135 on: February 05, 2013, 08:19:53 AM »
Prayer: To ask that the laws of the universe be annulled in behalf of a single petitioner confessedly unworthy.  (Ambrose Bierce)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1136 on: February 06, 2013, 10:05:13 AM »
The mind of one freethinker can possess a million ideas.  A million fanatics can have their minds possessed by a single idea.
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1137 on: February 07, 2013, 10:04:41 AM »
We did not get our freedom from the church.  The great truth, that all men are by nature free, was never told on Sinai’s barren crags, nor by the lonely shores of Galilee.  (Robert Ingersoll)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1138 on: February 08, 2013, 01:19:57 PM »
If language is to be of any use to us, then we ought to try and preserve the meaning of words, and 'god' historically has not meant the laws of nature.  (Steven Weinberg)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1139 on: February 09, 2013, 10:14:46 AM »
Science is advanced by proposing and testing hypothesis, not by declaring questions unsolvable.  (N. J. Matzke)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1140 on: February 10, 2013, 10:46:27 AM »
The fact that a belief has a good moral effect upon a man is no evidence whatsoever in favor of its truth.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1141 on: February 11, 2013, 11:42:19 AM »
The church at the time was much more faithful to reason than Galileo himself, and also took into consideration the ethical and social consequences of Galileo’s doctrine.  Its verdict against Galileo was rational and just.  (Paul Feyerabend, quoted in 1990 by Cardinal Ratzinger, who would become pope in 2005)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1142 on: February 12, 2013, 08:00:02 AM »
On the dogmas of religion, as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of the world to this day, have been quarreling, fighting, burning and torturing one another, for abstractions unintelligible to themselves and to all others, and absolutely beyond the comprehension of the human mind.  (Thomas Jefferson)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1143 on: February 13, 2013, 08:42:36 AM »
I'm an Atheist, and that's it.  I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for other people.  (Katharine Hepburn)










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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1144 on: February 25, 2013, 07:07:12 PM »
I have found God, but he is insufficient.  (Henry Miller)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1145 on: March 01, 2013, 04:05:52 PM »
George Bush says he speaks to god every day, and Christians love him for it. If George Bush said he spoke to god through his hair dryer, they would think he was mad. I fail to see how the addition of a hair dryer makes it any more absurd.  (Sam Harris)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1146 on: March 02, 2013, 11:35:32 AM »
A cult is a religion with no political power.  (Tom Wolfe)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1147 on: March 04, 2013, 10:30:21 AM »
Atheism is more than just the knowledge that gods do not exist, and that religion is either a mistake or a fraud.  Atheism is an attitude, a frame of mind that looks at the world objectively, fearlessly, always trying to understand all things as a part of nature.  (Carl Sagan)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1148 on: March 07, 2013, 11:07:52 AM »
To understand the actual world as it is, not as we should wish it to be, is the beginning of wisdom. - Bertrand Russell
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1149 on: March 09, 2013, 10:13:28 AM »
Science is more than a body of knowledge; it's a way of thinking, a way of skeptically interrogating the universe with a fine understanding of human fallibility. If we are not able to ask skeptical questions to interrogate those who tell us that something is true, to be skeptical of those in authority, then we're up for grabs for the next charlatan, political or religious, who comes ambling along.  (Carl Sagan)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1150 on: March 11, 2013, 09:59:30 AM »
Basically we are chimpanzees with about two percent more intelligence and a little less hair.  (Ted Turner)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1151 on: March 12, 2013, 12:28:53 PM »
I’d take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.  (Douglas Adams)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1152 on: March 13, 2013, 09:58:07 AM »
Evolution is one of the most robust and widely accepted principles of modern science.  (The American Association for the Advancement of Science)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1153 on: March 14, 2013, 07:47:04 AM »
The division between faith and reason is a half-measure, till it is frankly admitted that faith has to do with fiction, and reason with fact.  (Sir Leslie Stephen)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1154 on: March 15, 2013, 07:38:24 AM »
I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas.  I’m frightened of the old ones.  (John Cage)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1155 on: March 17, 2013, 09:28:41 AM »
Carl Sagan on Mastering The Vital Balance of Skepticism and openness: “It seems to me what is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the same time a great openness to new ideas. Obviously those two modes of thought are in some tension. But if you are able to exercise only one of these modes, whichever one it is, you’re in deep trouble.

If you are only skeptical, then no new ideas make it through to you. You never learn anything new. You become a crotchety old person convinced that nonsense is ruling the world. (There is, of course, much data to support you.) But every now and then, maybe once in a hundred cases, a new idea turns out to be on the mark, valid and wonderful. If you are too much in the habit of being skeptical about everything, you are going to miss or resent it, and either way you will be standing in the way of understanding and progress.

On the other hand, if you are open to the point of gullibility and have not an ounce of skeptical sense in you, then you cannot distinguish the useful as from the worthless ones. If all ideas have equal validity then you are lost, because then, it seems to me, no ideas have any validity at all.

Some ideas are better than others. The machinery for distinguishing them is an essential tool in dealing with the world and especially in dealing with the future. And it is precisely the mix of these two modes of thought that is central to the success of science.”
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1156 on: March 18, 2013, 10:58:51 AM »
The Christian take on hellfire seems less dramatic than the Muslim vision, which I grew up with, but Christian magical thinking appeals to me no more than my mother's angels and djinns.  (Ayaan Hirsi Ali)
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« Reply #1157 on: March 19, 2013, 09:31:58 AM »
All great truths begin as blasphemies.  (George Bernard Shaw)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1158 on: March 20, 2013, 08:51:02 AM »
We may define "faith" as a firm belief in something for which there is no evidence. Where there is evidence, no one speaks of "faith". We do not speak of faith that two and two are four or that the earth is round. We only speak of faith when we wish to substitute emotion for evidence. The substitution of emotion for evidence is apt to lead to strife, since different groups substitute different emotions.  (Bertrand Russell)
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Re: Quote of the Day
« Reply #1159 on: March 21, 2013, 08:16:43 AM »
The Old Testament filled this world with tyranny and injustice, and the New gives us a future filled with pain for nearly all of the sons of men.  The Old Testament describes the hell of the past, and the New the hell of the future.  (Robert G. Ingersoll)
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