Wednesday, March 29, 2006
when you return.
The three-dimensional world is full of surprises."
@Nasher Museum of Art
at Duke University
fellow with the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. "It's still
acceptable to criticize atheists in a way that's not polite. People
negative views about Jews, Catholics, Muslims and evangelicals, but
they're not supposed to voice those views, so they don't. But it's
still OK to say
anything bad you want about atheists."
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
-- Edith Sitwell 1887 - 1964 English poet
Sunday, March 26, 2006
- Anna Freud
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
- John Dewey
Saturday, March 18, 2006
of a constant and violent stuggle between new opinions
and ancient doctrines, sanctioned by the implicit faith
of many generations, and supposed to rest on scriptural
-Charles Lyell- Principals of Geology 1830-p.30 Vol.1
country, our fatherland---and no other."
- Emile Cioran
shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood,
more vengeance, more desolation.
- General William Tecumseh Sherman
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
We will communicate openly, honestly and espectfully,
We will listen carefully with open minds and open
We will assume good intentions, practice tolerance and
resist the temptation to become offended.
We will take responsibility for our speech, actions
and feelings, and we will be sensitive to possible
conflicts and willing to work toward solutions.
We will consider other perspectives and will strive
not for unanimity but for mutual respect.
We will honour our own boundaries and the boundaries
We will respect and support diversity within our
Association and work to foster a welcoming
Sunday, March 12, 2006
is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively
assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science."
-- Charles Darwin 1809-1882
Saturday, March 11, 2006
it is generally the by-product of other activities.
-Aldous Huxley, Vendeta for the Western World, 1945
Friday, March 10, 2006
-William Butler Yeats
Thursday, March 09, 2006
on, as far as it goes. But what are we to do in the realm of our
not-knowing? Knowledge is the stuff of an education, but wisdom also
requires knowing how little we know. And the stores of our not-knowing
-Marvin Bell. Commencement Address, Alfred University, 2002
Sunday, March 05, 2006
‘In its bearing upon religion this vain notion is, however, no theme for mirth, for it is not only deceptive, but it threatens to be mischievous in a high degree. There is not a hair of truth upon this dog from its head to its tail, but it rends and tears the simple ones. In all its bearing upon scriptural truth, the evolution theory is in direct opposition to it. If God’s Word be true, evolution is a lie. I will not mince the matter: this is not the time for soft speaking.’
The four-fold cure for anxiety:
Don't fear the gods; Nor death; Goods are easy to obtain; Evils are easy to endure
1) A blessed and imperishable being neither has trouble itself nor does it cause trouble for anyone else; therefore, it does not experience feelings of anger or indebtedness, for such feelings signify weakness.
2) Death is nothing to us, because a body that has been dispersed into elements experiences no sensations, and the absence of sensation is nothing to us.
3) Pleasure reaches its maximum limit at the removal of all sources of pain. When such pleasure is present, for as long as it lasts, there is no cause of physical nor mental pain present – nor of both together.
4) Continuous physical pain does not last long. Instead, extreme pain lasts only a very short time, and even less-extreme pain does not last for many days at once. Even protracted diseases allow periods of physical comfort that exceed feelings of pain
I believe that religion, generally speaking, has been a curse to mankind - that its modest and greatly overestimated services on the ethical side have been more than overcome by the damage it has done to clear and honest thinking.
I believe that no discovery of fact, however trivial, can be wholly useless to the race, and that no trumpeting of falsehood, however virtuous in intent, can be anything but vicious.
I believe that all government is evil, in that all government must necessarily make war upon liberty...
I believe that the evidence for immortality is no better than the evidence of witches, and deserves no more respect.
I believe in the complete freedom of thought and speech...
I believe in the capacity of man to conquer his world, and to find out what it is made of, and how it is run.
I believe in the reality of progress.
I - But the whole thing, after all, may be put very simply. I believe that it is better to tell the truth than to lie. I believe that it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe that it is better to know than be ignorant.
-George Carlin, "When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?"
Friday, March 03, 2006
"The difficulty is not so great to die for a friend, as to find a friend worth dying for."
When I heard the learned astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much
applause in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wandered off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Looked up in perfect silence at the stars.