Quotes from Famous Freethinkers

Aug 10, 2012 | Posted by: Hedonist

How about posting some of your favorite quotes that speak to non-theism, Humanism, freethought, etc.
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"Darwinism involves a way of thought in biology, and were it to go, it would take a great many assumptions along with it. Just think of vitalism, for example. To say a word in its favor is at once to be accused of the cheapest kind of intellectual sentimentality. We know better and if we do not know better, they do. But hold on, please do. If by vitalism one means something like the 19th century idea of a vital fluid that informs living systems, then I am with them. That is so much sentimentality. But if by vitalism one means the thesis that living systems cannot be completely explained in terms of their physics or their chemistry -- what then? Something must explain the difference, no? And if it is not a fluid, as naive 19th-century biologists sometimes thought, it does not follow that it is nothing."

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Buck Crick wrote:
"Darwinism involves a way of thought in biology, and were it to go, it would take a great many assumptions along with it. Just think of vitalism, for example. To say a word in its favor is at once to be accused of the cheapest kind of intellectual sentimentality. We know better and if we do not know better, they do. But hold on, please do. If by vitalism one means something like the 19th century idea of a vital fluid that informs living systems, then I am with them. That is so much sentimentality. But if by vitalism one means the thesis that living systems cannot be completely explained in terms of their physics or their chemistry -- what then? Something must explain the difference, no? And if it is not a fluid, as naive 19th-century biologists sometimes thought, it does not follow that it is nothing."
-David Berlinski
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-Skeptic- wrote:
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Creationist liar with no proof of god.
Amazing how people like you condemn others for taking a step of faith and believing what the Lord put in us from creation, but you yourself will never take that step of faith to know the truth. So shut up and follow your ignorance and refusal to know the truth.

John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Rom 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Rom 1:20 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:

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Amazing how people like you condemn others for taking a step of faith and believing what the Lord put in us from creation, but you yourself will never take that step of faith to know the truth. So shut up and follow your ignorance and refusal to know the truth.
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Rom 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Rom 1:20 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:
1 Thessalonians 5:21 - "Prove all things"

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Amazing how people like you condemn others for taking a step of faith and believing what the Lord put in us from creation, but you yourself will never take that step of faith to know the truth. So shut up and follow your ignorance and refusal to know the truth.
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Rom 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Rom 1:20 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:
Religious liar with no proof of god. Stop deliberately lying to us and about us.

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Amazing how people like you condemn others for taking a step of faith and believing what the Lord put in us from creation, but you yourself will never take that step of faith to know the truth. So shut up and follow your ignorance and refusal to know the truth.
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Rom 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Rom 1:20 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:
If you're so sure we're going to hell, try proving that rubbish before you shout it out.

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Amazing how people like you condemn others for taking a step of faith and believing what the Lord put in us from creation, but you yourself will never take that step of faith to know the truth. So shut up and follow your ignorance and refusal to know the truth.
It sounds like you are all for your own First Amendment rights, but yet want to deny others their First Amendment rights. How hypocritical! But , that's judgmental xtains!

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"Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it."
Milton Friedman

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"There’s nothing more natural than rape. Human beings rape, chimpanzees rape, orangutans rape, rape clearly is part of an evolutionary strategy to get your genes into the next generation if you’re a male. You can’t move from that Darwinian fact about us to defend rape as a good practice. I mean no-one would be tempted to do that; we have transcended that part of our evolutionary history in repudiating it"
Sam Harris

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“Oh, that the wise from their bright minds would kindle
Such lamps within the dome of this dim world
That the pale name of priest might shrink and dwindle
Into the Hell from which it first was furled.”
— Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Buck Crick wrote:
"Darwinism involves a way of thought in biology, and were it to go, it would take a great many assumptions along with it. Just think of vitalism, for example. To say a word in its favor is at once to be accused of the cheapest kind of intellectual sentimentality. We know better and if we do not know better, they do. But hold on, please do. If by vitalism one means something like the 19th century idea of a vital fluid that informs living systems, then I am with them. That is so much sentimentality. But if by vitalism one means the thesis that living systems cannot be completely explained in terms of their physics or their chemistry -- what then? Something must explain the difference, no? And if it is not a fluid, as naive 19th-century biologists sometimes thought, it does not follow that it is nothing."
-David Berlinski
No wonder you're so stupid. Look at what you read. Darwin is not an 'ism'. Darwin is the person who's observations began the process of scientifically proving the Theory of Evolution. Now it is a science of its own. What you have is crap.

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redneck wrote:
<quoted text>No wonder you're so stupid. Look at what you read. Darwin is not an 'ism'. Darwin is the person who's observations began the process of scientifically proving the Theory of Evolution. Now it is a science of its own. What you have is crap.
He'll deserve the darwin award: "an award given to somebody who dies or steralizes themselves in a manner that is so stupid and reckless, they actually improve humanity's gene poll by removing themselves from it."

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Lil Ticked wrote:
"There’s nothing more natural than rape. Human beings rape, chimpanzees rape, orangutans rape, rape clearly is part of an evolutionary strategy to get your genes into the next generation if you’re a male. You can’t move from that Darwinian fact about us to defend rape as a good practice. I mean no-one would be tempted to do that; we have transcended that part of our evolutionary history in repudiating it"
Sam Harris
You supposed quote is one line out of context and surrounded by a bunch of hogwash.

Here's the real quote when Dr. Harris compares the historical advantage of religion with the historical advantage of rape --

"As a biological phenomenon, religion is the product of cognitive processes that have deep roots in our evolutionary past. Some researchers have speculated that religion itself may have played an important role in getting large groups of prehistoric humans to socially cohere. If this is true, we can say that religion has served an important purpose. This does not suggest, however, that it serves an important purpose now. There is, after all, nothing more natural than rape. But no one would argue that rape is good, or compatible with a civil society, because it may have had evolutionary advantages for our ancestors. That religion may have served some necessary func­tion for us in the past does not preclude the possibility that it is now the greatest impedi­ment to our building a global civilization." ~ Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation

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Yes for a so called agnostic who shuns Christian beliefs that one certainly frequently uses Christian apologetic website arguments and statements routinely.

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You supposed quote is one line out of context and surrounded by a bunch of hogwash.
Here's the real quote when Dr. Harris compares the historical advantage of religion with the historical advantage of rape --
"As a biological phenomenon, religion is the product of cognitive processes that have deep roots in our evolutionary past. Some researchers have speculated that religion itself may have played an important role in getting large groups of prehistoric humans to socially cohere. If this is true, we can say that religion has served an important purpose. This does not suggest, however, that it serves an important purpose now. There is, after all, nothing more natural than rape. But no one would argue that rape is good, or compatible with a civil society, because it may have had evolutionary advantages for our ancestors. That religion may have served some necessary func­tion for us in the past does not preclude the possibility that it is now the greatest impedi­ment to our building a global civilization." ~ Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation

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"To be scientifically literate is to empower yourself to know when someone else is full of bullshit." ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Hedonist wrote:
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You supposed quote is one line out of context and surrounded by a bunch of hogwash.
Here's the real quote when Dr. Harris compares the historical advantage of religion with the historical advantage of rape --
"As a biological phenomenon, religion is the product of cognitive processes that have deep roots in our evolutionary past. Some researchers have speculated that religion itself may have played an important role in getting large groups of prehistoric humans to socially cohere. If this is true, we can say that religion has served an important purpose. This does not suggest, however, that it serves an important purpose now. There is, after all, nothing more natural than rape. But no one would argue that rape is good, or compatible with a civil society, because it may have had evolutionary advantages for our ancestors. That religion may have served some necessary func­tion for us in the past does not preclude the possibility that it is now the greatest impedi­ment to our building a global civilization." ~ Sam Harris, Letter to a Christian Nation
How about the next time I quote the almighty Sam Harris I just leave a link to his book so nothing can be taken out of context. Maybe if the guy wasn't so verbose I could quote him without using up the 4000 character limit just to get his point across.

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Yes for a so called agnostic who shuns Christian beliefs that one certainly frequently uses Christian apologetic website arguments and statements routinely.
Hmmmm
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Either learn what you are talking about or leave you "opinions" in the kitchen where they belong.

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"Wise men argue causes; fools decide them."
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Whatever wrote:
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Amazing how people like you condemn others for taking a step of faith and believing what the Lord put in us from creation, but you yourself will never take that step of faith to know the truth. So shut up and follow your ignorance and refusal to know the truth.
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Rom 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Rom 1:20 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:
Liar with no proof of god, making excuses for lying to people without a shred of evidence of your god being real.

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Lil Ticked wrote:
<quoted text>How about the next time I quote the almighty Sam Harris I just leave a link to his book so nothing can be taken out of context. Maybe if the guy wasn't so verbose I could quote him without using up the 4000 character limit just to get his point across.
You're a creationist liar, nobody cares about your opinion about Sam Harris. You lack the self awareness to leave their forum after being repeatedly exposed as theist shill poster.

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