science

Scientific truth is beyond loyalty and disloyalty.

Isaac Asimov, Foundation

It is the chief characteristic of the religion of science that it works.

Isaac Asimov, Foundation

Isaac Newton was not a pleasant man.

Stephen Hawking, A Briefer History of Time

Gamow had quite a sense of humor – he persuaded the nuclear scientist Hans Beth to add his name to the paper to make the list of authors Alpher, Bethe, Gamow, like the first three letters of the Greek alphabet, alpha, beta, gamma, and particularly appropriate for a paper on the beginning of the universe!

Stephen Hawking, A Briefer History of Time

It’s the gravity that shapes the large scale structure of the universe, even though it is the weakest of four categories of forces.

Stephen Hawking, A Briefer History of Time

Much of what we think of as human evolved long after the use of tools. It is probably more correct to think of much of our structure as the result of culture than it is to think of men anatomically like ourselves slowly developing culture.

Sherwood Washburn

In general, human societies are not innovative. They are hierarchical and ritualistic. Suggestions for change are greeted with suspicion: they imply an unpleasant future variation in ritual and hierarchy: an exchange of one set of rituals for another, or perhaps for a less structured society with fewer rituals. And yet there are times when societies must change.

Carl Sagan, Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence

But absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

Carl Sagan, Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence

And after we returned to the savannahs and abandoned the trees, did we long for those great graceful leaps and ecstatic moments of weightlessness in the shafts of sunlight of the forest roof?

Carl Sagan, Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence

Those at too great a distance may, I am well are, mistake ignorance for perspective.

Carl Sagan, Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence

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