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|#2806||The notion that science does not concern itself with first causes -- that it|
leaves the field to theology or metaphysics, and confines itself to mere
effects -- this notion has no support in the plain facts. If it could,
science would explain the origin of life on earth at once--and there is
every reason to believe that it will do so on some not too remote tomorrow.
To argue that gaps in knowledge which will confront the seeker must be filled,
not by patient inquiry, but by intuition or revelation, is simply to give
ignorance a gratuitous and preposterous dignity....
- H. L. Mencken, 1930
|#2807||The evidence of the emotions, save in cases where it has strong objective|
support, is really no evidence at all, for every recognizable emotion has
its opposite, and if one points one way then another points the other way.
Thus the familiar argument that there is an instinctive desire for immortality,
and that this desire proves it to be a fact, becomes puerile when it is
recalled that there is also a powerful and widespread fear of annihilation,
and that this fear, on the same principle proves that there is nothing
beyond the grave. Such childish "proofs" are typically theological, and
they remain theological even when they are adduced by men who like to
flatter themselves by believing that they are scientific gents....
- H. L. Mencken
|#2808||There is, in fact, no reason to believe that any given natural phenomenon,|
however marvelous it may seem today, will remain forever inexplicable.
Soon or late the laws governing the production of life itself will be
discovered in the laboratory, and man may set up business as a creator
on his own account. The thing, indeed, is not only conceivable; it is
even highly probable.
- H. L. Mencken, 1930
|#2809||The best that we can do is to be kindly and helpful toward our friends and|
fellow passengers who are clinging to the same speck of dirt while we are
drifting side by side to our common doom.
- Clarence Darrow
|#2810||We're here to give you a computer, not a religion.|
- attributed to Bob Pariseau, at the introduction of the Amiga
|#2811||...there can be no public or private virtue unless the foundation of action is|
the practice of truth.
- George Jacob Holyoake
|#2812||"If you'll excuse me a minute, I'm going to have a cup of coffee."|
- broadcast from Apollo 11's LEM, "Eagle", to Johnson Space Center, Houston
July 20, 1969, 7:27 P.M.
|#2813||The meek are contesting the will.|
|#2814||I'm sick of being trodden on! The Elder Gods say they can make me a man!|
All it costs is my soul! I'll do it, cuz NOW I'M MAD!!!
- Necronomicomics #1, Jack Herman & Jeff Dee
|#2815|| On Krat's main screen appeared the holo image of a man, and several dolphins.|
From the man's shape, Krat could tell it was a female, probably their leader.
"...stupid creatures unworthy of the name `sophonts.' Foolish, pre-sentient
upspring of errant masters. We slip away from all your armed might, laughing
at your clumsiness! We slip away as we always will, you pathetic creatures.
And now that we have a real head start, you'll never catch us! What better
proof that the Progenitors favor not you, but us! What better proof..."
The taunt went on. Krat listened, enraged, yet at the same time savoring
the artistry of it. These men are better than I'd thought. Their insults
are wordy and overblown, but they have talent. They deserve honorable, slow
- David Brin, Startide Rising
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