Thursday, July 1, 2010

Critical Thought

"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...
~ John Lennon

"Nationalism is an infantile disease; it is the measles of mankind."
~ Albert Einstein

Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men's minds, which follows from the advance of science.
~ Charles Darwin

"Fundamentalism, of any type, due to its prerequisite lack of intelligent
thought, could prove to be the worst weapon of mass destruction, of all."
~ David J. Constable

"If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is an intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time." -- Bertrand Russell's Celestial Teapot

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