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Ralph Waldo Emerson – Religion that is afraid of science

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Ralph Waldo EmersonThe Religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide. It acknowledges that it is not equal to the whole of truth, that it legislates, tyrannizes over a village of God’s empires but is not the immutable universal law. Every influx of atheism, of skepticism is thus made useful as a mercury pill assaulting and removing a diseased religion and making way for truth.

Ralph Waldo Emerson   (1803-1882)

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Neil deGrasse Tyson – One of the biggest problems with the world today

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Neil deGrasse TysonOne of the biggest problems with the world today is that we have large groups of people who will accept whatever they hear on the grapevine, just because it suits their worldview–not because it is actually true or because they have evidence to support it. The really striking thing is that it would not take much effort to establish validity in most of these cases… but people prefer reassurance to research.

Neil deGrasse Tyson   (Oct 5, 1958 -)

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Evelyn Waugh – Limbo is the place to be

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Limbo is the place. In Limbo one has natural happiness without the beatific vision; no harps; no communal order, but wine and conversation and imperfect, various humanity. Limbo for the unbaptized, for the pious heathen, the sincere skeptic.

Evelyn Waugh   (1903-1966)

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Carl Sagan – That kind of skeptical, questioning

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Carl SaganThat kind of skeptical, questioning, ‘don’t accept what authority tells you’ attitude of science is also nearly identical to the attitude of mind necessary for a functioning democracy.  Science and democracy have very consonant values and approaches, and I don’t think you can have one without the other.

Carl Sagan   (1934-1996)

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Gautama Buddha – Do not believe in anything simply because…

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BuddhaDo not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

Gautama Buddha   (563 BC-483 BC)

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