"To understand complex issues, we must free our minds of dogma and guarantee the freedom to publish, to contradict, and to experiment. Arguments from authority are unacceptable." -- Carl Sagan
"What are all of us but self-reproducing robots? We have been put together by our genes and what we do is roam the world looking for a way to sustain ourselves and ultimately produce another robot child." -- Richard Dawkins
"Like computer viruses, successful mind viruses will tend to be hard for their victims to detect. If you are the victim of one, the chances are that you won't know it, and may even vigorously deny it." -- Richard Dawkins
"Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence." -- Richard Dawkins
"The universe we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference." -- Richard Dawkins
“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.” -- Mark Twain
"We are all atheists about most of the gods humanity has ever believed in. Some of us just go one god further." -- Richard Dawkins
“Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able?
Then he is not omnipotent.
Is he able, but not willing?
Then he is malevolent.
Is he both able and willing?
Then whence cometh evil?
Is he neither able nor willing?
Then why call him God?”
"Nonsense belief systems (religious or political) can't be defeated en masse. They must be dismantled one stone at a time. Moreover, many of those who languish in the warm bath of delusion will need to be treated gently when they emerge into the chill of reality - the shock can be tremendous. Let's demolish bad ideas wherever we find them, as Harris says, but let's also look after those whose ideological homes we bulldoze." -- RSP123