a little late in posting this, but here goes!:
stephen hawking, der spiegel (17 october 1988):
we are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. but we can understand the universe. that makes us something very special.
A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.
- I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.
Space isn’t remote at all. It’s only an hour’s drive away if your car could go straight upwards.
Tri-fecta of doubt….
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.
Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof.
The weight of evidence for an extraordinary claim must be proportioned to its strangeness.
Modern societies march towards morality in proportion as they leave religion behind.
When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments; tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become.
I never said it was possible. I only said it was true.
I should have no use for a paradise in which I should be deprived of the right to prefer hell.
In order to remain true to oneself one ought to renounce one’s party three times a day.
I have often regretted my speech, never my silence.
Dale McGowen (author of Raising Children Beyond Belief):
Much of the protest over “nonbeliever” is that it defines us in terms of religious believers. I care about this no more than the fact that “nonsmoker” defines me in terms of smokers and “non-idiot” defines me in terms of idiots. You don’t find many non sequiturs up in arms about being defined in terms of the hated sequitur, nor are the nondescript or noncommital often irate about comparisons to the descript and commital.
Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. seemed not to find their advocacy of nonviolence diminished by the lexical negation of violence. Nor does Nonviolent Peaceforce, the nonpartisan, nonprofit NGO (that’s “non-governmental organization”) for which I work. For each and all of these terms, the prefix is a non-issue.
So why do we continue to waste our pique on such terms as “nonbeliever” and “nonreligious”? I find them both useful and economical. Pile on your polysyllables and modifiers as you wish. I have things to do.
Kill a man, and you are a murderer. Kill millions of men, and you are a conquerer. Kill everyone, and you are a god.
Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men.
The divine is perhaps that quality in man which permits him to endure the lack of God.
When a scientist is ahead of his times, it is often through misunderstanding of current, rather than intuition of future truth. In science there is never any error so gross that it won’t one day, from some perspective, appear prophetic.
Consider any individual at any period of his life, and you will always find him preoccupied with fresh plans to increase his comfort.
He was as great as a man can be without morality.
Alexis de Tocqueville
History is a gallery of pictures in which there are few originals and many copies.
Alexis de Tocqueville
Holy man open up your eyes
To the ways of the world you’ve been so blind
As the walls of religion come crashing down
How’s the ignorance taste the second time around
Tell me how it feels knowing chaos will never end
Tell me what it’s like when the celebration begins
Welcome to the horror of the revelation
Tell me what you think of your savior now
I reject all the Biblical views of the truth
Dismiss it as the folklore of the times
I won’t be force fed prophecies
From a book of untruths for the weakest mind
Join the new faith for the celebration
Cult of new faith fuels the devastation