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Skeptical/Rational Quotes

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the wish to find out, which is the exact opposite.
Bertrand Russell

“Creationists make it sound as though a ‘theory’ is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.”

-Isaac Asimov  

“I think computer viruses should count as life. Maybe it says something about human nature, that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. Talk about creating life in our own image.”
–Stephen Hawking

 “The easy confidence with which I know another man’s religion is folly
  teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” – Mark Twain

 “The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever
  that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the
  majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish
  than sensible.”  – Bertrand Russell

 “When a man finds a conclusion agreeable, he accepts it without argument,
  but when he finds it disagreeable, he will bring against it all the
  forces of logic and reason.”  -Thucydides

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep insights can be winnowed from deep nonsense”

                                                -Dr. Carl Sagan

 “What we need is not the will to believe but the will to find out.”
                                          – Bertrand Russell

 “Only a fool of a scientist would dismiss the evidence and reports
  in front of him and substitute his own beliefs in their place.”
                                                 – Paul Kurtz

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1. Palmtree - December 30, 2009

Thank you for sharing these clips of knowledge.I ESP like the first quote. We often think it is the will to beleive but when you realize it isn’t and is just our innate need to find out the truth, it is life changing.


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