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964.  She believed in nothing.  Only her scepticism kept her from being an atheist.  (Belief & Nothing & Scepticism & Atheism & Disbelief & Nihilism)  Jean-Paul Sartre

 

 

193.  Nothing is more remarkable than the spread of scepticism or rationalism during the latter half of my life.  (God & Scepticism & Rationalism & Atheism)  Charles Darwin, Autobiography: Religious Belief 

 

 

286.  The only respectable intellectual position is one of doubt, scepticism, reservation and free – I stress free – and unfettered enquiry.  (God & Doubt & Scepticism)  Christopher Hitchens v Dinesh D’Souza: The God Debate

 

 

49,368.  If you want to stay in for the long haul, and lead a life that is free from illusions either propagated by you or embraced by you, then I suggest you learn to recognize and avoid the symptoms of the zealot and the person who knows he is right.  For the dissenter, the skeptical mentality is at least as important as any armor of principle.  (Dissent & Scepticism & Zealot)  Christopher Hitchens, Letters to a Young Contrarian

 

 

606.  Is it good for the world to appeal to our credulity and not to our scepticism?  Is it good for the world to worship a deity that takes side in wars and human affairs?  (God & Scepticism & Worship)  Christopher Hitchens v Tony Blair: Is Religion a Force for Good in the World?  2010 

 

 

475.  The all-corroding, all-dissolving skepticism of the intellect in religious enquiries.  (Religion & Sceptic)  John Henry Newman, Apologia pro Vita Sua 1864

 

 

533.  People like to say that faith and science can live together side by side, but I don’t think they can.  They’re deeply opposed.  Science is a discipline of investigation and constructive doubt, questing with logic, evidence and reason to draw conclusions; faith by stark contrast demands a positive suspension of critical faculties.  Science proceeds by setting up hypotheses, ideas or models and then attempts to disprove them, so a scientist is constantly asking questions, being sceptical.  Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time.  (Religion & Faith & Science & Doubt & Criticism & Scepticism & Truth)  Professor Richard Dawkins, The Root of All Evil? The God Delusion

 

 

59,065.  The battle for evolution is just a skirmish in a larger war.  A larger war for rationality, for scepticism, for critical thinking, for a rational scientific view.  (Atheism & Rationality & Scepticism & Criticism & Science & Evolution & Religion)  Richard Dawkins, with Dan Dennett & Sam Harris & Ayaan Hirsi Ali, GAC Melbourne 2012

 

 

811.  I am too much of a sceptic to deny the possibility of anything.  (Truth & Sceptic & Possibility)  Thomas Henry Huxley, letter 22nd March 1886

 

 

822.  We wish to pursue the truth no matter where it leads.  But to find the truth we need imagination and scepticism both.  (Truth & Imagination & Scepticism)  Professor Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan, Cosmos: The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean 1979

 

 

2,468.  A way of sceptically interrogating the universe with a fine understanding of human fallibility.  If we are not able to ask sceptical questions, to interrogate those who tell us that something is true, to be sceptical of those in authority, then we’re up for grabs for the next charlatan, political or religious, who comes ambling along.  (Science & Sceptics & Universe)  Carl Sagan, interview Charlie Rose 27th May 1996

 

 

2,472.  Science is much more than a body of knowledge.  It is a way of thinking.  This is central to its success.  Science invites us to let the facts in, even when they don’t conform to our preconceptions.  It counsels us to carry alternative hypotheses in our heads and see which ones best match the facts.  It urges on us a fine balance between no-holds-barred openness to new ideas, however heretical, and the most rigorous skeptical scrutiny of everything – new ideas and established wisdom.  We need wide appreciation of this kind of thinking.  It works.  It’s an essential tool for a democracy in an age of change.  Our task is not just to train more scientists but also to deepen public understanding of science.  (Science & Knowledge & Think & Fact & Idea & Sceptics & Wisdom & Democracy & Understanding)  Carl Sagan, ‘Why We Need to Understand Science’ Skeptical Inquirer

 

 

2,474.  If you take a look at science in its everyday function, of course you find that scientists run the gamut of human emotions and personalities and character and so on.  But there’s one thing that is really striking to the outsider, and that is the gauntlet of criticism that is considered acceptable or even desirable.  The poor graduate student at his or her Phd oral exam is subjected to a withering crossfire of questions that sometimes seem hostile or contemptuous; this from the professors who have the candidate’s future in their grasp.  The students naturally are nervous; who wouldn’t be?  True, they’ve prepared for it for years.  But they understand that at that critical moment they really have to be able to answer questions.  So in preparing to defend their theses, they must anticipate questions; they have to think, ‘Where in my thesis is there a weakness that someone else might find? – because I sure better find it before they do, because if they find it and I’m not prepared, I’m in deep trouble.’  (Science & Criticism & Scepticism & Student & Exam)  Carl Sagan, ‘Wonder and Skepticism' Skeptical Inquirer’ 19:1 1995

 

 

2,671.  The chief deficiency I see in the skeptical movement is its polarization: Us versus Them – the sense that we have a monopoly on the truth; that those other people who believe in all these stupid doctrines are morons; that if you’re sensible, you’ll listen to us; and if not, to hell with you.  This is nonconstructive.  It does not get our message across.  It condemns us to permanent minority status.  (Science & Truth & Scepticism)  Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

 

 

68,654.  It is the tension between creativity and scepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science.  (Creativity & Scepticism & Science)  Carl Sagan

 

 

2,687.  Scepticism is the agent of reason against organized irrationalism – and is therefore one of the keys to human social and civic decency.  (Science & Scepticism & Reason & Irrational & Society)  Stephen Jay Gould

 

 

9,104.  Dogmatism and scepticism are both, in a sense, absolute philosophies; one is certain of knowing, the other of not knowing.  What philosophy should dissipate is certainty, whether of knowledge or ignorance.  (Philosophy & Dogma & Sceptic & Absolutism & Certainty & Knowledge & Ignorance)  Bertrand Russell   

 

 

87,692.  I do not think it possible to get anywhere if we start from scepticism.  We must start from a broad acceptance of whatever seems to be knowledge and is not rejected for some specific reason. Bertrand Russell, My Philosophical Development

 

 

9,122.  Scepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.  (Philosophy & Scepticism & History)  Napoleon Bonaparte

 

 

1,021.  Scepticism is the beginning of faith.  (Faith & Scepticism)  Oscar Wilde

 

 

51,229.  I am the man who announced global warming is a scam.  (Climate Science & Scepticism)  John Coleman, weatherman Good Morning, America

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