"The men who committed the atrocities of September 11 were certainly not ‘cowards’ as they repeatedly described in Western media, nor where they lunatics in any ordinary sense. They were men of faith—perfect faith as it turns out—as this, it must finally be acknowledged, is a terrible thing to be."
Sam Harris (via jamcloust)
"People are not stupid. They believe things for reasons. The last way for skeptics to get the attention of bright, curious, intelligent people is to belittle or condescend or to show arrogance toward their beliefs."
"She believed in nothing. Only her scepticism kept her from being an atheist."
"The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it."
"You’re an interesting species. An interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we’ve found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other."
Carl Sagan (via wryer)
"Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?"