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“Man armed with science is like a baby with a box of matches.” ―J.B.S. Haldane, Daedalus

“The only source of knowledge is experience.” —Albert Einstein (1879–1955)

“Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions.” —Carl Sagan


Quotations from Various Sources

Organized Alphabetically

“A little science will ruin your religion, and a lot of science will bring your religion back.” —Anonymous

“Almost all the questions of interest to speculative minds are such as science cannot answer.” —Bertrand Russell

“All human knowledge takes the form of interpretation.” —Walter Benjamin

“All our knowledge of truths depends upon our intuitive knowledge.” —Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy

“All that we know is nothing, we are merely crammed waste-paper baskets, unless we are in touch with that which laughs at all our knowing.” —David Herbert Lawrence, 1885-1930

“All things are subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.” —Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

“Any universe simple enough to be understood is too simple to produce a mind able to understand it.” —John Barrow

“Are there really laws of nature or do we believe in them only because of our innate love of order?” —Bertrand Russell

“Art and religion first; then philosophy; lastly science. That is the order of the great subjects of life, that’s their order of importance.” —Muriel Spark

“But science, unadulterated, is not satisfying; men also need passion and art and religion.” —Bertrand Russell

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” —I Corinthians 2:14

“But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.” —Jude 1:10

“But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;” —II Peter 2:12

“Change rarely exists but variation is constant.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Cynicism—the intellectual cripple’s substitute for intelligence.” —Joseph Russell Lynes, Jr., 1910-

“Darwin now poses a final challenge. Whether biology will rise to this last one as well as it did to the first, when his theory upset every apple cart, remains to be seen. How cleanly and quickly can the filed get over Darwin, and move on? This is one of the most important questions facing science in the twenty-first century.” —David Gelernter, Claremont Review of Books

“Darwinism is no longer just a scientific theory but the basis of a worldview, and an emergency religion for the many troubled souls who need one.” —David Gelernter, Claremont Review of Books

“Empiricism has two forms: internal and external. There are also two forms of fool: those that have faith only in internal empiricism (mystic) or those that have faith only in external empiricism (atheist).” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Every formula which expresses a law of nature is a hymn of praise to God.” —Maria Mitchell

“Every genuine test of a theory is an attempt to falsify it, or to refute it. Testability is falsifiability; but there are degrees of testability: some theories are more testable, more exposed to refutation, than others; they take, as it were, greater risks.” —Karl Popper

“Every one who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe—a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble.” —Albert Einstein

“Every solution to a problem creates new unsolved problems.” —Karl Popper

“Evolution cannot begin to account for the extravagances of ‘nature’ for beauty and intricacy.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Evolution is a magical misunderstanding, misrepresentation, and misinterpretation of the facts of species adaptability, variability, and commonality.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Evolution is the excuse scientists foster in order to continue to freely create without worrying about the consequences of what they make or for being responsible for the monstrosities they make.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Evolution is what you get when you interpret the law of variation to mean fantastic things never seen nor proved.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Evolution like astrology takes real data and then forces a superstitious interpretation over that data.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Evolutionists should all visit and play at casinos because they have infinite faith in chance, luck, and randomness to produce positive results despite the infinite odds against instances of luck synergistically combining, grouping, and working together.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” —Romans 1:20

“For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:” —II Peter 3:5

“Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely graduated organic change; and this, perhaps, is the most obvious and gravest objection which can be urged against any theory [of evolution].” —Charles Robert Darwin

“Give me questions I can’t answer not answers I can’t question.” —Richard Feynman

“God has no religion.” —Gandhi

“He that is not wise will not be taught: but there is a wisdom which multiplieth bitterness.” —Ecclesiasticus 21:12

“How can cosmic religious feeling be communicated from one person to another, if it can give rise to no definite notion of a God and no theology? In my view, it is the most important function of art and science to awaken this feeling and keep it alive in those who are receptive to it.” ―Albert Einstein, The World as I See It

“How could that which is, be born of that which is not?” —Upanishads, Second Khanda

“Humanity today is like a waking dreamer, caught between the fantasies of sleep and the chaos of the real world. The mind seeks but cannot find the precise place and hour. We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions, medieval institutions, and godlike technology We thrash about. We are terribly confused by the mere fact of our existence, and a danger to ourselves and the rest of life.” —E. O. Wilson

“Hume was perfectly right in pointing out that induction cannot be logically justified.” —Karl Popper

“I am quite sure that our views on evolution would be very different had biologists studied genetics and natural selection before and not after most of them were convinced that evolution had occurred.” ―J.B.S. Haldane

“I do not myself believe that philosophy can either prove or disprove the truth of religious dogma.” —Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy

“I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.” —Ecclesiastes 9:11

“I suppose the process of acceptance will pass through the usual four stages: (I) this is worthless nonsense; (II) this is an interesting, but perverse point of view; (III) this is true, but quite unimportant; (IV) I always said so.” —J.B.S. Haldane

“I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.” —Gus Speth, US advisor on climate change

“I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.” —Richard Feynman

“I’m not afraid of facts, I welcome facts but a congeries of facts is not equivalent to an idea. This is the essential fallacy of the so-called ‘scientific’ mind. People who mistake facts for ideas are incomplete thinkers; they are gossips.” —Cynthia Ozick

“I’m not sure I want popular opinion on my side—I’ve noticed those with the most opinions often have the fewest facts.” —Bethania McKenstry

“’Idols of the theater’, the distorting influence of prevailing philosophical and scientific dogma.” —Francis Bacon

“If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.” —Anatole France

“If one allows for the possibility that God is something humans might wish for, does that rule out the possibility that God is real? Absolutely not. The fact that the farmer wished for rain does not make him question the reality of the subsequent downpour.” —Francis S. Collins, The Language of God

“If scientists had to survive using only science, then there would be no scientists.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“If you thought before that science was certain, well that is just an error on your part.” —Richard Feynman

“In scientific thinking are always present elements of poetry. Science and music require a thought homogeneous.” ―Albert Einstein

“In the sciences, the authority of thousands of opinions is not worth as much as one tiny spark of reason in an individual man.” —Galileo Galilei (1564–1642)

“Inferred knowledge is conditional; therefore, doubt about its results must always be acknowledged.” —(constructed from Charvaka Hindu philosophy)

“Invoking an infinity of unseen universes to explain the unusual features of the one we do see is just as ad hoc as invoking an unseen Creator.” —Paul Davies, theoretical physicist

“Is the claim falsifiable? If not, then it is not a scientific claim.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice (learned from Karl Popper)

“It’s the first effect of not believing in God that you lose your common sense.” —G. K. [Gilbert Keith] Chesterton, “The Oracle of the Dog” (1923)

“It is important to realize that in physics today, we have no knowledge of what energy is. We do not have a picture that energy comes in little blobs of a definite amount. It is not that way. However, there are formulas for calculating some numerical quantity, and when we add it all together it gives ’28’—always the same number. It is an abstract thing in that it does not tell us the mechanism or the reasons for the various formulas.” —Richard Phillips Feynman, Six Easy Pieces

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.” —Charles Darwin

“It is the weight, not numbers of experiments that is to be regarded.” —Isaac Newton

“It seems to me immensely unlikely that mind is a mere by-product of matter. For if my mental processes are determined wholly by the motions of atoms in my brain I have no reason to suppose that my beliefs are true. They may be sound chemically, but that does not make them sound logically. And hence I have no reason for supposing my brain to be composed of atoms.” ―J.B.S. Haldane, Possible Worlds

“Life is variation not change.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Man armed with science is like a baby with a box of matches.” ―J.B.S. Haldane, Daedalus

“Many scientists think that philosophy has no place, so for me it’s a sad time because the role of reflection, contemplation, meditation, self inquiry, insight, intuition, imagination, creativity, free will, is in a way not given any importance, which is the domain of philosophers.” —Deepak Chopra

“Men honor what lies within the sphere of their knowledge, but do not realize how dependent they are on what lies beyond it.” —Chung Tzu

“Modern science is when you cannot tell the difference between reality and fantasy, for example, blindly believing in the fantasy that butterflies in South Africa can cause tornadoes in Nebraska.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“No great discovery was ever made without a bold guess.” —Isaac Newton

“No one is behaving either ethically or scientifically who does not make the best case possible for rival theories.” —David Schmitt

“No one is born perfect, and even if science or technology can do wonders, solving one problem will create another.” —Lie Yukou

“No one stands outside of culture or history; therefore, no one is objective.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” —William Bruce Cameron

“Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.” ― Werner Heisenberg, Across the Frontiers

“Not-knowing is true knowledge. Presuming to know is a disease. First, realize that you are sick; then you can move toward health.” —Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Verse 71

“Nothing can be produced out of nothing.” —Diogenes of Apollonia, fragment

“Nothing comes out of that which is nothing.” —Marcus Aurelius

“Nothing is vital for science; nothing can be.” —Charles Sanders Peirce

“Nothing worth knowing can be understood with the mind.” —Woody Allen, Manhattan

“Nowhere in Nature or life does anything living come into being except from something already living. Nowhere in Nature or life does anything come from nothing, but always and only from something. Truth is only life from life. Truth is only something from something. But atheists, scientists, and evolutionists all have superstitious beliefs of the unprovable, unverifiable, and nonexistent opposite.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:” —I Timothy 6:20

“Of course if you are evolution, then you are capable of creating the human eye simply by making ever more mistakes. If this somehow contradicts all of your empirical and experimental experience, then you must be making another mistake.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“One can sum up all this by saying that the criterion of the scientific status of a theory is its falsifiability, or refutability, or testability.” —Karl Popper

“Once scientific propositions are moralized, the scientific process is wounded, often fatally.” —David Schmitt

“One should not wrongly reify ’cause’ and ‘effect,’ as the natural scientists do (and whoever, like them, now ‘naturalizes’ in his thinking), according to the prevailing mechanical doltishness which makes the cause press and push until it ‘effects’ its end; one should use ’cause’ and ‘effect’ only as pure concepts, that is to say, as conventional fictions for the purpose of designation and communication—not for explanation.” —Friedrich Nietzsche

“Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Out of chaos you cannot create order.” —J. Krishnamurti, The First and Last Freedom, p. 285

“Primitive thinkers want an all-or-nothing acceptance of science despite the fact that science has at least five kinds of outcomes: good, mostly good, neutral, mostly bad, bad. The use of science, like anything potentially dangerous, must be controlled and regulated.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Revere those things beyond science which really matter and about which it is so difficult to speak.” —Werner Heisenberg

“Science advances by making mistakes, not by the scientific method.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Science and myth overlap in many ways.” —Paul Feyerabend

“Science claims to be the source and stronghold of rationality and reason, but scientists only co-opted these terms to hide their dogma and superstitions.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Science conducts us, step by step, through the whole range of creation, until we arrive, at the length, at God.” —Marguerite of Valois

“Science has neither a rational basis nor an empirical basis.” —David Hume (constructed from A Treatise of Human Nature)

“Science is an ideal like communism wherein the practitioners are as far from the ideal as possible such that scientists are superstitious and communists are capitalists.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Science is a belief in magical matter mysteriously creating something out of nothing, with nothing, for nothing.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Science is simply common sense at its best, that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.” —Thomas Huxley

“Science is that which does not exist, because what people call science is technology. No one practices science according to the rules of science; therefore, science cannot exist.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.” —Richard Phillips Feynman, world-famous scientist and educator, 1965 Nobel Prize Winner in Physics

“Science is the religion of those who hate religion.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Science is uncertain.” —Richard Feynman

“Science may be described as the act of systematic oversimplification.” —Karl Popper

“Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.” —Bertrand Russell

“Science never solves a problem without creating ten more.” —George Bernard Shaw

“Science tells us what we can know, but what we can know is little, and if we forget how much we cannot know we become insensitive to many things of very great importance.” —Bertrand Russell

“Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.” —Albert Einstein

“Science, in the very act of solving problems, creates more.” —Abraham Flexner, medical education reformer, 1866-1959

“Scientific progress makes moral progress a necessity: for if man’s power is increased, the checks that restrain him from abusing it must be strengthened.” —Germaine de Staël

“Scientist is the term given to the kind of fool who tries to prove matter over mind.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Scientists are those who cannot tell a simulation from the real thing; this foolishness allows them to pretend that computers have intelligence.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Scientists construct facts by constantly making decisions about what they will consider significant, what experiments they should pursue, and how they will describe their observations.” —Ruth Hubbard

“Scientists, contrary to lay view, are even more conformist than other people. They want to be part of a group, and they follow whatever the fads are.” —Robert J. Sternberg

“Scientists have faith in science, the laws of nature, the scientific method, the history of science, the progress of technology, scientific journals, scientific textbooks, the potential of science, and most anything that has to do with science.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Scientists, like Feminists, take zero responsibility for anything.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Species do not evolve towards perfection: the weak always prevail over the strong—simply because they are the majority, and because they are also the more crafty. Darwin forgot the intellect (that is English!), the weak have more intellect. In order to acquire intellect, one must be in need of it. One loses it when one no longer needs it.” —Friedrich Nietzsche

“Surely vain are all men by nature, who are ignorant of God, and could not out of the good things that are seen know him that is: neither by considering the works did they acknowledge the workmaster;” —Wisdom of Solomon 13:1

“Testability is falsifiability; but there are degrees of testability: some theories are more testable, more exposed to refutation, than others; they take, as it were, greater risks.” —Karl Popper

“That there is indeed a limit upon science is made very likely by the existence of questions that science cannot answer and that no conceivable advance of science would empower it to answer… It is not to science, therefore but to metaphysics, imaginative literature or religion that we must turn for answers to questions having to do with first and last things.” ―Peter Medawar, The Limits of Science

“That’s why science will never be able to know God. The very method of science is concentration and because of that method, science can never know God.” —Osho

“The accuracy and factualness of science are regulated to the past.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart.” —Helen Keller

“The bias has been narrow and the product often reveals more about the investigator than about the subject being researched.” —Ruth Hubbard

“The concept does not exist for the physicist until he has the possibility of discovering whether or not it is fulfilled in an actual case.” —Albert Einstein

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” ―Nikola Tesla

“The entire history of science is a progression of exploded fallacies, not of achievements.” —Ayn Rand

“The essential characteristic of philosophy, which makes it a study distinct from science, is criticism.” —Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy

“The first effect of not believing in God is to believe in anything.” —G. K. Chesterton (paraphrase by Emile Cammaerts)

“The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you.” ―Werner Heisenberg, awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1932 for “the creation of quantum mechanics”

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” —William Shakespeare, 1546-1616

“The fool hath said in his heart, there is no god.” —Psalms 14:1

“The fundamental upon which all our knowledge and learning rests is the inexplicable.” —Arthur Schopenhauer

“The great creators—the thinkers, the artists, the scientists, the inventors—stood alone against the men of their time.” —Ayn Rand

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.” —Psalms 19:1

“The human spirit must prevail over technology.” ―Albert Einstein

“The intellect has little to do on the road to discovery. There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to and you don’t know how or why.” —Albert Einstein

“The law of non-repetition accounts for nearly all the misinterpretations and distortions of evolutionary theory.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The laws of nature are written by the hand of God in the language of mathematics.” —Galileo Galilei

“The more I study science the more I believe in God.” —Albert Einstein

“The more we learn of science, the more we see that its wonderful mysteries are all explained by a few simple laws so connected together and so dependent upon each other, that we see the same mind animating them all.” —Olympia Brown

“The multi-universe theory may be dressed up in scientific language, but in essence, it requires the same leap of faith.” —Paul Davies, theoretical physicist

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” —Socrates

“The price of doing science is admitting when you’re wrong, but the payoff is the best there is: knowledge and understanding.” —Phil Plait

“The reality we can put into words is never reality itself.” ―Werner Heisenberg

“The theory of evolution is maintained by the fear of not having an alternative to creationism.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“The validity of the inductive principle itself cannot be proved by induction.” —Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy

“The voice of scientific authority is like the male voice-over in commercials, a disembodied knowledge that cannot be questioned, whose author is inaccessible.” —Elizabeth Fee

“There are two ways to slide easily through life: to believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking.” —Alfred Korzybski, Polish-American founder of General Semantics, (1879–1950)

“There comes a point beyond which even science cannot go, for it deals only with the perception and reaction of the senses.” —J. Krishnamurti, The Collected Works of J. Krishnamurti, Volume III, p. 9

“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” —Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist, inventor, and writer

“There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” —Blaise Pascal, French mathematician, physicist, inventor, and writer

“There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.” —Proverbs 21:30

“There is one God, the greatest among gods and men, in no way similar to mortals either in body or in thought.” —Xenophanes, as quoted by Clement

“There remains however, a vast field, traditionally included in philosophy, where scientific methods are inadequate. This field includes ultimate questions of value; science alone, for example, cannot prove the it is bad to enjoy the infliction of cruelty.” —Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy

“Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.” —Francis Bacon

“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” —Hebrews 11:3

“Thus the greater part of what would commonly pass as knowledge is more or less probable opinion.” —Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy

“To develop a complete mind: Study the science of art; Study the art of science. Develop your senses—especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” —Leonardo da Vinci

“To help create a brand new form of organism, a mutation must affect a gene that does its job early and controls the expression of other genes that come into play as the organism grows. Evidently there are a total of no examples in the literature of mutations that affect early development and the body plan as a whole and are not fatal.” —David Gelernter, Claremont Review of Books

“To suppose that the eye, with all of its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest possible degree.” —Charles Robert Darwin

“Using science to poison our air, water, land, and food might be progress for capitalism and greed, but it is not progress for equality, humanity, or peace.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“We have to remember that what we observe is not nature in itself but nature exposed to our method of questioning.” ―Werner Heisenberg

“We know nothing at all. All our knowledge is but the knowledge of schoolchildren. The real nature of things we shall never know.” —Albert Einstein

“Whatever can be known, can be known by means of science; but things which are legitimately matters of feeling lie outside its province.” —Bertrand Russell, History of Western Philosophy

“When we descend to details, we can prove that no species has changed (i.e., we cannot prove that a single species has changed); nor can we prove that the supposed changes are beneficial, which is the groundwork of the theory.” —Charles Robert Darwin

“While a good case can be made for de-evolution only the most fictitious of cases can be made for evolution.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“With most men, unbelief in one thing springs from blind belief in another.” —Georg Christopher Lichtenberg, 1742-1799

“Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions.” —Carl Sagan

“You hard-shelled materialists were all balanced on the very edge of belief—of belief in almost anything.” —G. K. [Gilbert Keith] Chesterton, “The Miracle of Moon Crescent” (1924)

“You observed whatever you are speaking about and so changed it by observing it; therefore, whatever you are speaking about is not what you say it is, but only it changed by your observation. Neither will it be what I observe it to be after you, because it will be changed by my observation of it too. Thinking such as this is based upon Postmodernism and is the cause of the death of legitimate science and observation.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice


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  • A scientist gives a TEDx Talk to explain why:

“Science advances by making mistakes, not by the scientific method.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

https://www.ted.com/talks/phil_plait_the_secret_to_scientific_discoveries_making_mistakes

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