In principle, skeptics are neither closed-minded nor cynical. We are curious but cautious.
Scientific prayer makes God a celestial lab rat, leading to bad science and worse religion.
Being a skeptic just means being rational and empirical: thinking and seeing before believing.
Myths are stories that express meaning, morality or motivation. Whether they are true or not is irrelevant.
Scientists are skeptics. It's unfortunate that the word 'skeptic' has taken on other connotations in the culture involving nihilism and cynicism. Really, in its pure and original meaning, it's just thoughtful inquiry.
Religious faith depends on a host of social, psychological and emotional factors that have little or nothing to do with probabilities, evidence and logic.
Mysteries once thought to be supernatural or paranormal happenings - such as astronomical or meteorological events - are incorporated into science once their causes are understood.
Being deeply knowledgeable on one subject narrows one's focus and increases confidence, but it also blurs dissenting views until they are no longer visible, thereby transforming data collection into bias confirmation and morphing self-deception into self-assurance.
I say you don't need religion, or political ideology, to understand human nature. Science reveals that human nature is greedy and selfish, altruistic and helpful.
Human history is highly nonlinear and unpredictable.
A Hubble Space Telescope photograph of the universe evokes far more awe for creation than light streaming through a stained glass window in a cathedral.
In my experience, people are usually fired for reasons having to do with budgetary constraints, incompetence or not fulfilling the terms of a contract.
Conspiracies are a perennial favorite for television producers because there is always a receptive audience.
We do not just blindly concede control to authorities; instead we follow the cues provided by our moral communities on how best to behave.
We think of our eyes as video cameras and our brains as blank tapes to be filled with sensory inputs.
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