Science - Quotes

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Science must begin with myth and with the criticism of myth.

Karl Popper

Science [...] commits suicide when it adopts a creed.

Thomas Henry Huxley

In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.

Galileo Galilei

False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long; but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for everyone takes a salutory pleasure in proving their falseness; and when this is done, one path toward errors is closed and the road to truth is often at the same time opened.

Charles Darwin

The difference between science and religion is the difference between a willingness to dispassionately consider new evidence and new arguments, and a passionate unwillingness to do so.

Sam Harris

Problems in science are sometimes made easier by adding complications.

Daniel Dennett

Science is a quest to convince yourself and others of something you only guess to be true.

Michael Brooks

Science is an ongoing process. It never ends. There is no single ultimate truth to be achieved, after which all the scientists can retire. And because this is so, the world is far more interesting, both for the scientists and for the millions of people in every nation who, while not professional scientists, are deeply interested in the methods and findings of science.

Carl Sagan

The method of science, as stodgy and grumpy as it may seem, is far more important than the findings of science.

Carl Sagan

One thing I have learned in a long life: that all our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike - and yet it is the most precious thing we have.

Albert Einstein

Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality.

Carl Sagan

Faith, imagination and intuition are decisive factors in the progress of science as in any other human activity.

Max Born

Every biologist has at some time asked `What is life?` and none has ever given a satisfactory answer. Science is built on the premise that Nature answers intelligent questions intelligently; so if no answer exists, there must be something wrong with the question.

Albert Szent-Györgyi

If history and science have taught us anything, it is that passion and desire are not the same as truth. The human mind evolved to believe in the gods. It did not evolve to believe in biology. Acceptance of the supernatural conveyed a great advantage throughout prehistory, when the brain was evolving. Thus it is in sharp contrast to biology, which was developed as a product of the modern age and is not underwritten by genetic algorithms. The uncomfortable truth is that the two beliefs are not factually compatible. As a result those who hunger for both intellectual and religious truth will never acquire both in full measure.

Edward O. Wilson

Science is what you know. Philosophy is what you don't know.

Bertrand Russell

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