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  1. "The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it. If the opinion is right, they are deprived of the opportunity of exchanging error for truth: if wrong, they lose, what is almost as great a benefit, the clearer perception and livelier impression of truth, produced by its collision with error." ~John Stuart Mill, On Liber...

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      iNow

      Such clarity. Thanks for sharing this here.

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  2. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime; give a man religion and he will die praying for a fish.

    1. iNow

      iNow

      Not really. The beginning of the universe is a separate question from the existence of god(s), especially since positing that "goddidit" only displaces the original question and leaves us with, "who/what created god then?" If you're willing to assume that god has always existed, then why not eliminate the unnecessary middle man and assume that the universe has always existed? It's turtles all the way down.

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  3. Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime; give a man religion and he will die praying for a fish.

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      iNow

      Which is roughly equivalent to god being irrelevant, unproven, and unnecessary.

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  4. "Since the dawn of rational thought, the advancement of science has been retarded by the minions of mysticism, and profound revelations have often been opposed or suppressed by the greater part of the dominant religion, because dogmatic faith is not based on reason and zealots will not be reasoned with." AronRa

    1. iNow

      iNow

      Opening quote of this conversation from AronRa. All subsequent quotes I've shared are from Feynman.

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  5. "Since the dawn of rational thought, the advancement of science has been retarded by the minions of mysticism, and profound revelations have often been opposed or suppressed by the greater part of the dominant religion, because dogmatic faith is not based on reason and zealots will not be reasoned with." AronRa

    1. iNow

      iNow

      Let me ask you... Was their mysticism rooted in reality? No. Just because Newton was an alchemist doesn't mean his belief led to advancement in the science of chemical reaction. Also, sure... we can find singular examples, but anecdotes don't negate the median trend. Those were quotes from Richard Feynman. Not me. Take your challenge to him. ;)

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  6. "Since the dawn of rational thought, the advancement of science has been retarded by the minions of mysticism, and profound revelations have often been opposed or suppressed by the greater part of the dominant religion, because dogmatic faith is not based on reason and zealots will not be reasoned with." AronRa

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      iNow

      motions, and so on, all this complicated thing can merely be a stage so that God can watch human beings struggle for good and evil — which is the view that religion has. The stage is too big for the drama. "

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  7. "Since the dawn of rational thought, the advancement of science has been retarded by the minions of mysticism, and profound revelations have often been opposed or suppressed by the greater part of the dominant religion, because dogmatic faith is not based on reason and zealots will not be reasoned with." AronRa

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      iNow

      or..."It doesn't seem to me that this fantastically marvelous universe, this tremendous range of time and space and different kinds of animals, and all the different planets, and all these atoms with all their motions, and so on, all this complicated thing can merely be a stage

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  8. "Since the dawn of rational thought, the advancement of science has been retarded by the minions of mysticism, and profound revelations have often been opposed or suppressed by the greater part of the dominant religion, because dogmatic faith is not based on reason and zealots will not be reasoned with." AronRa

    1. iNow

      iNow

      But if they want to defend their own point of view, they will have to learn what yours is a little bit. So I suggest, maybe correctly and perhaps wrongly, that we are too polite."

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  9. "Since the dawn of rational thought, the advancement of science has been retarded by the minions of mysticism, and profound revelations have often been opposed or suppressed by the greater part of the dominant religion, because dogmatic faith is not based on reason and zealots will not be reasoned with." AronRa

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      iNow

      "The remark which I read somewhere, that science is all right as long as it doesn't attack religion, was the clue I needed to understand the problem. As long as it doesn't attack religion it need not be paid attention to and nobody has to learn anything. So it can be cut off from society except for its applications, and thus be isolated. And then we have this terrible struggle to try to explain things to people who have no reason to want to know. But if they want to defend their o...

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  10. "Since the dawn of rational thought, the advancement of science has been retarded by the minions of mysticism, and profound revelations have often been opposed or suppressed by the greater part of the dominant religion, because dogmatic faith is not based on reason and zealots will not be reasoned with." AronRa

    1. iNow

      iNow

      I think I'm okay since I wasn't making an argument, just sharing an interesting quote, so authority of source is rather moot. However, gravitas is pretty helpful, I agree... so maybe someone like Richard Feynman.

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  11. Living here is eating up all of my internet-time!

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      iNow

      There are a few different kinds. Some is Chinese in origin, other is Malai, or more Muslim in background. Quite good. Wonderful spices, well balanced. Makes American food seem rather boring by comparison. Amazing food from all around the world is perhaps one of the best things Singapore has going for it. Cheers.

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  12. Living here is eating up all of my internet-time!

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      iNow

      Try living in Singapore. At least Arizona has snowcones. Out here, they have durian ice cream.

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  13. The politics section here has become a ridiculous waste of bandwidth. Logic and accuracy don't seem to matter among the most active

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      iNow

      I think you give them too much credit. I know a lot of smart 4th graders.

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