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Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
~Philip K. Dick

It is always better to have no ideas than false ones; to believe nothing, than to believe what is wrong.
~Thomas Jefferson, (letter to Rev. James Madison, July 19, 1788)

For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.
~Carl Sagan (The Demon-Haunted World)

There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking.
~Alfred Korzybski

Don't believe anything. Regard things on a scale of probabilities. The things that seem most absurd, put under "Low Probability", and the things that seem most plausible, you put under "High Probability". Never believe anything. Once you believe anything, you stop thinking about it. The more things you believe, the less mental activity. If you believe something, and have an opinion on every subject, then your brain activity stops entirely, which is clinically considered a sign of death nowadays in medical practice. So put things on a scale or probability, and never believe or disbelieve anything entirely.
~Robert A. Wilson (interview with "innerview")

A child who is protected from all controversial ideas is as vulnerable as a child who is protected from every germ. The infection, when it comes - and it will come - may overwhelm the system, be it the immune system or the belief system.
~Jane Smiley (in the Chicago Tribune)

Superstitions typically involve seeing order where in fact there is none, and denial amounts to rejecting evidence of regularities, sometimes even ones that are staring us in the face.
~Murray Gell-Mann (Quark and the Jaguar)

A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.
~Maxwell Planck

Belief is an obsolete Aristotelian category.
~Dr. Jack Sarfatti, physicist

If science is to progress, what we need is the ability to experiment, honesty in reporting the results without somebody saying what they would like the results to have been - and finally - an important thing - the intelligence to interpret the results. An important point about this intelligence is that it should not be sure ahead of time what must be. It cannot be prejudiced, and say "That is very unlikely; I don't like that".
~Richard Feynman (The Character of Physical Law)

I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of certainty about different things, but I'm not absolutely sure of anything and there are many things I don't know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we're here....
I don't have to know the answer. I don't feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the way it really is as far as I can tell. It doesn't frighten me.
~Richard Feynman (interview with Christopher Sykes, in "The Pleasure of Finding Things Out," BBC-TV, 1981, [recorded in the book, Genius, the life and science of Richard Feynman])

Nothing is more dangerous than a dogmatic worldview - nothing more constraining, more blinding to innovation, more destructive of openness to novelty.
~Stephen Jay Gould (Dinosaur in a Haystack)

The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.
~Stephen Jay Gould (Dinosaur in a Haystack)

Where knowledge ends, religion begins.
~Benjamin Disraeli

There is a significant difference between having no belief in a God and believing there is no God...
~Michael Shermer (How We Believe)

Man is a Religious Animal. He is the only Religious Animal. He is the only animal that has the True Religion - several of them. He is the only animal that loves his neighbor as himself and cuts his throat if his theology isn't straight.
~Mark Twain

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