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"Krauss: You can’t disprove an unprovable hypothesis…
Dennett: …but you can render it so preposterously unlikely that anybody who still takes it seriously has a serious problem.
Krauss: And science has definetly done that! (…) Every organized religion based on scripture and doctrine is inconsistent with science, so that’s all garbage and nonsense. That you can say with definitive authority and I don’t like to use the word authority." - Lawrence Krauss + Daniel Dennett

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"When you refuse to think you call it god." - Lawrence Krauss

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"I get nervous whenever I hear people talking about ‘the god hypothesis’. Because I think that’s conceding too much. It seems to me, in order to talk about a hypothesis, you really have to have something fairly well articulated, coherent, that makes predictions that are actually falsifiable. All that sort of stuff. And concepts of god, first of all, are heterogeneous. Let’s not forget, it’s not like all people on earth believe in a particular kind of god. There is all sorts of stuff out there. But all these concepts are incoherent, badly put together, if put together at all. So, to say that science defeats the god hypothesis is actually even to give too much to the concept of god. There is nothing to defeat there. It’s an incoherent, badly articulated concept. Why do you use a sledgehammer to demolish it?" - Massimo Pigliucci

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"I hate it when people say “just the semantics”. Semantics is very important. Semantics is about language and meaning. If we don’t agree on the meaning, then we’re not having a discussion." - Massimo Pigliucci

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"All the propaganda methods are counteractable, actually quite straightforwardly, by simply informing people about those very methods and getting them tuned in to the fact that an attempt is being made to manipulate them." - Daniel Dennett


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"So I hope that every student who ever goes to university at one point in their life has the opporunity to have something that is at the heart of their being something so central to their being that if they lose it they won’t feel that they’re human anymore, to be proved wrong. Because that’s the liberation that science provides, the realization that to assume the truth, to assume the answer before you ask the questions leads you nowhere." -

Lawrence Krauss - The Unbelievers (2013)

yes, something that is so central to your being that if you lose it you think that you won’t feel you’re human anymore being proved wrong is a good thing for you.


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"People confuse the word cynicism with the word skepticism. One is you’re not gonna pay attention to anything and just think everything is screwed up and nothing’s ever gonna work out right. That’s cynicism. But skepticism is you’re presented with evidence and you do your best to draw conclusions based on that." - Bill Nye

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"I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned." - Richard Feynman (via whats-out-there)

Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about Vincent Van Gogh and it is even more awesome than it sounds.


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"Well it’s an elusive thing to get a hold of. I think the absence of neurosis, the absence of fear, the absence of anxiety, when you recognize what consciousness is like, when those states of mind have subsided, it seems to me intrinsically happy. It’s intrinsically at ease. It’s intrinsically peaceful, and at times even blissful. It’s just the lack of complication.


You are the sky, not the clouds.


Nobody needs to go anywhere else. We are all, if we only knew it, already there. If I only knew who in fact I am, I should cease to behave as what I think I am; and if I stopped behaving as what I think I am, I should know who I am.


The thing is you need to build an ability to just be yourself and not be doing something and that’s what the phones are taking away, the ability to just sit there like this.
That’s being a person, right?
Because underneath everything in your life there is that thing. That empty, forever empty. Just that knowledge that it’s all for nothing and you’re alone. (…) Life is tremendously sad just by being in it. (…) Sadness is poetic, you’re lucky to live sad moments. And then I had happy feelings cause when you let yourself feel sad your body has like antibodies, it has like happiness that comes rushing in to meet the sadness, so I was grateful to feel sad and then I met it with true profound happiness, and it was such a trip.


Nobody belongs anywhere, nobody exists on purpose, everybody’s going to die.


I don’t feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without having any purpose which is the way it really is as far as I can tell. It doesn’t frighten me.


He wasn’t frightened, and he loved mysteries, and that’s what’s science is all about.


To me, the offer of certainty, the offer of complete security, the offer of an impermeable faith, that can’t give way, is an offer of something not worth having. (…) Don’t think of that as a gift, think of it as a poisoned chalice, push it aside however tempting it is, take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty and wisdom will come to you that way.


And the thing is because we don’t want that first bit of sad, we push it away (…) You never feel completely sad or completely happy. You just feel kinda satisfied with your products, and then you die.


We thought of life as analogy with a journey, with a pilgrimage, which had a serious purpose at the end, and the thing was to get to that end, success or whatever it is or maybe heaven after you’re dead. But we missed the point the whole way along.
It was a musical thing and you were supposed to sing or dance while the music was being played." - Sam Harris + unknown + Aldous Huxley - Island + Louis C.K. + Rick and MortyRichard Feynman + Lawrence Krauss (about Feynman) + Christopher Hitchens + Louis C.K. again Alan Watts

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"

Stetson Kennedy joined the KKK and he leaked all their goofy lingo and secret passwords to the people who were writing The Adventures of Superman radio series back in the forties and so every week it was Superman fighting the KKK with all the up to the minute passwords and handshakes and bogus cultish nonsense, so these grand wizards would come home and they would see their kids playing KKK versus Superman on the front lawn and it was Superman winning and all the current passwords… and they found this so humiliating and this was so corrosive and Stetson Kennedy was still inside the clan, he would see the aftermath of these effects at meetings.
I’m sure there are other other variables involved but the KKK is functionally a defunct organization whereas it had twenty million members among them were senators and even one president.

It’s possible to make progress and we just have to keep that in view.

" - Sam Harris

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"We rejoice in not knowing not because we don’t want to know, but because we got something to work on." - Richard Dawkins talking to Ricky Gervais

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"The fact that you can say that it’s done by nerve impulses speeding around the brain doesn’t diminish it in any way. Actually I think it is more wonderful.



What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he were a man, but if he is an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent?" - Richard Dawkins talking to Ricky Gervais
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Richard Feynman