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Skepquote of the day

Posted in Skepquote by Skepdude on July 6, 2009

I’m an atheist, but I’m very relaxed about it. I don’t preach my atheism, but I have a huge amount of respect for people like Richard Dawkins who do. Anything he does on television, I will watch.

Daniel Radcliffe a.k.a. Harry Potter

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Skepquote of the day

Posted in Skepquote by Skepdude on June 18, 2009

I’ve gone into hundreds of [fortune-teller’s parlors], and have been told thousands of things, but nobody ever told me I was a policewoman getting ready to arrest her.

NYC Detective

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Skepquote of the day

Posted in Skepquote by Skepdude on June 10, 2009

But real skeptics still accept a preponderance of carefully examined evidence even when some elements of a complex systems problem remain unresolved, and they do not pretend that when there are loose ends some well-established preponderances don’t exist — that is beyond skepticism to denial, or often political convenience. So a skeptic questions everything but accepts what the preponderance of evidence is, and a  denier falsely claims that until all aspects are resolved we know nothing and should do nothing-often motivated by the latter. If you deny a clear preponderance of evidence, you have crossed the line from legitimate skeptic to idoelogical denier.

Stephen H. Schneider – Skeptical Inquirer, may-June 2009, Vol 33, Issue 3, Page 16

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Skepquote of the day

Posted in Skepquote by Skepdude on June 1, 2009

What this letter also highlights is that the entire scientific community needs to be called out on the subject of CAM. Being a “shruggie” (someone who recognizes the unscientific nature of CAM but does not feel it is worth any of their time or attention) is no longer ethically defensible.Scientistst and health-care professionals have a contract with society which includes defending the public from the threats of pseudoscience. Nowhere today is this more necessary than the infiltration and erosion of science-based medicine by unscientific sectarian interests.

NEUROLOGICA

Skepquote of the day

Posted in Skepquote by Skepdude on May 21, 2009

It seems pretty clear that parents don’t have the right to sentence their child to death because they’re morons.

Amy Alkon

Skepquote of the day

Posted in Skepquote by Skepdude on May 14, 2009

There is a temptation to agree with them, I’m afraid: the idea that I’m a post-human mutant bestowed with the super-powers of reason and the ability to see through superstition is flattering. But it’s not true. Everyone has those powers, it’s just that some of us have had the good fortune and a history of experience that allows us to shake off some indoctrination. Nothing more.

PHARYNGULA

Skepquote of the day

Posted in Skepquote by Skepdude on April 22, 2009

Among professional organizations that defend the teaching of evolution, perhaps the biggest offender in endorsing the harmony of science and faith is The National Center for Science Education.  Although one of their officers told me that their official position on faith was only that “we will not criticize religions,” a perusal of their website shows that this is untrue.  Not only does the NCSE not criticize religion, but it cuddles up to it, kisses it, and tells it that everything will be all right.

Why Evolution is True

Skepquote of the day

Posted in Skepquote by Skepdude on April 6, 2009

It’s all too easy to poopoo science, and to say that scientists are black and white automatons who go through the motions of the scientific method, rejecting anything with sparkle or color or surprise. But that conclusion itself lacks imagination. Science is full of wonder, of surprise, of leaps of imagination. If it were anything else, we wouldn’t have probes orbiting other worlds, we wouldn’t have vaccinations capable of wiping out scourges like smallpox, we wouldn’t have digital cameras, the Internet, ever-faster computers, cars, planes, televisions. We wouldn’t be able to feed ourselves, support our population, or look ahead to see where our decisions are taking us… and to see if these decisions are the right ones, and what to do to make them better.

Without imagination, even after all these centuries, we’d have learned nothing.

Science is imagination.

Bad Astronomy

Skepquote of the day

Posted in Skepquote by Skepdude on March 17, 2009

Here’s something to think about: How come you never see a headline like ‘Psychic Wins Lottery’?

Jay Leno

Skepquote of the day

Posted in Skepquote by Skepdude on March 9, 2009

Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.

Eric Hoffer

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