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988. The meme for blind faith secures its own perpetuation by the simple unconscious expedient of discouraging rational inquiry. (Faith & Inquiry) Professor Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene
2,306. And here is the point, about myself and my co-thinkers. Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely solely upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake. (Reason & Religion & Belief & Faith & Science & Inquiry) Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great
2,379. There must be no barriers to freedom of inquiry ... There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free, and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any errors. (Science & Inquiry & Dogma & Doubt & Evidence & Error) J Robert Oppenheimer
2,685. Scientific principles and laws do not lie on the surface of nature. They are hidden, and must be wrested from nature by an active and elaborate technique of inquiry. (Science & Laws & Nature & Inquiry) John Dewey, Reconstruction in Philosophy
5,548. I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom. (Freedom & Authority & Dissent & Inquiry) Noam Chomsky
32,909. One of the reasons the ruling class in this society survive is because they keep from us what they do in spite of parliamentary institutions. The ruling class have to protect themselves against democracy and that’s what this story is about.
The Scott inquiry is the most important public inquiry ever held in the history of British politics for this reason.
It was set up in a tremendous panic. The government had their backs to the wall, and in order to convince people that it wasn’t just another whitewash they insisted all the old rules about previous inquiries would be dispensed with. (Iraq & Great Britain & England & Inquiry & Foreign Relations UK) Paul Foot, What Have They Got to Hide?
49,349. Open discussion of many major public questions has for some now been taboo. We can't open our mouths without being denounced as racists, misogynists, supremacists, imperialists or fascists. As for the media, they stand ready to trash anyone so designated. (Dissent & Investigation & Inquiry & Media) Saul Bellow
49,362. It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority. (Dissent & Authority & Question & Inquiry) Benjamin Franklin
66,540. Inquiry is fatal to certainty. (Certainty & Inquiry) Will Durant
96,189. K was informed by telephone that next Sunday a short inquiry into his case would take place. His attention was drawn to the fact that these inquiries would now follow each other regularly, perhaps not every week, but at more frequent intervals as time went on. It was in the general interest, on the one hand, that the case should be quickly concluded, but on the other hand the interrogations must be thorough in every respect, although, because of the strain involved, they must never last too long. (Trial & Inquiry) Franz Kafka, The Trial p27
102,256. Sir Robert, I want an official enquiry into the source of this leak. Good. No, I mean, the kind of official enquiry that never finds out the real culprit. Spitting Image s3e3, Leon Brittan
103,824. Tonight, the Scott Inquiry. We ask, why didn’t he leave Star Trek before he got so fat? Spitting Image s15e5, ITV 1993
104,095. Arms to Agincourt Inquiry. Spitting Image s18e4, ITV 1996
104,046. The government expert working group next meets on March 27th 2017. The 7,000 Berlin documents seen by Sky News have been handed to the inquiry. Their finds on hormone pregnancy tests will be published later this year. (Pharmaceutics & Inquiry) Primodos: The Secret Drug Scandal, Sky Atlantic 2017