A Quote by Mr. on faith, belief, evidence, and mr prophet

Faith is belief despite all evidence to the contrary.

Mr. Prophet

Source: Mr. Prophet

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A Quote by Mary Doria Russell on god, inspiration, belief, faith, burning bush, proof, and evidence

Once, long ago, she'd allowed herself to think seriously about what human beings would do, confronted directly with a sign of God's presence in their lives.  The Bible, that repository of Western wisdom, was instructive either as myth or as history, she'd decided.  God was at Sinai and within weeks, people were dancing in front of a golden calf.  God walked in Jerusalem and days later, folks nailed Him up and then went back to work.  Faced with the Divine, people took refuge in the banal, as though answering a cosmic multiple-choice question:  If you saw a burning bush, would you (a) call 911, (b) get the hot dogs, or (c) recognize God?  A vanishingly small number of people would recognize God, Anne had decided years before, and most of them had simply missed a dose of Thorazine.

Mary Doria Russell

Source: The Sparrow, Pages: 100

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by Dean Radin on macro entanglement, entanglement, and evidence

“I believe we will continue to find increasingly strong
reasons to believe that some of the strange effects observable in the
microscopic world exist not only in the exotic realms, but also in more
intimate domain of human experience.  I
also believe that the implications of all this for understanding psi are
sufficiently remote from engrained ways of thinking that the first reaction
will be confidence that it’s wrong.  The
second will be horror that it might be right. 
The third will be boredom because it’s obvious….”

Dean Radin

Source: Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality, Pages: 209

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by Dean Radin on bias, rational man mistake, prejudice, rational, and evidence

            “… ‘You’re making the ‘rational man’ mistake.’  He meant that we usually assume that science is a rational process, but it’s not.  When we’re presented with evidence that counters our prior beliefs, instead of the new evidence swaying us toward a new or revised belief, it tends to reaffirm our prior beliefs.  Well, I thought, that’s completely ridiculous.  It’s got to be a mistake.  Unfortunately, after witnessing precisely these reactions to the data for twenty years, I have reluctantly concluded that the ‘rational man’ hypothesis is indeed false.

            The technical term for one form of this irrational phenomena is the ‘confirmation bias.’  This psychological quirk causes evidence supporting your beliefs to be perceived as plausible, and evidence challenging your beliefs to be perceived as implausible.  Studies in social psychology have repeatedly demonstrated that journal reviewers invariably judge articles being submitted got publication according to their prior beliefs.  Those who agree with a hypothesis tend to judge a paper reporting positive results as an excellent piece of work, and those who disagree judge the very same paper and a flawed failure.  The former referees recommend publication and the latter don’t.  The final decision to publish is left up to the editor, so if the editor doesn’t happen to agree with the paper’s hypothesis then there’s a good chance it won’t appear on the journal.  And then the evidence doesn’t exist as far as the rest of the scientific community is concerned.  In science, this tends to create a genteel ‘good old boys’ club of acceptable ideas, while unacceptable ideas are consigned to the biker’s bar lounge on the wrong side of the tracks.  Fortunately, most scientists also tend to have high curiosity, so the club’s rules can change with sufficient persistence (and after the retirement of some of the older good old boys).

Dean Radin

Source: Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum Reality, Pages: 101..2

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by sam harris on faith, evidence, christian, and belief

Tell a devout Christian that his wife is cheating on him, or that frozen yogurt can make a man invisible, and he is likely to require as much evidence as anyone else, and to be persuaded only to the extent that you give him it.  Tell him that the book he keeps by his bed was written by an invisible deity who will punish him with fire for eternity if he fails to accept its every incredible claim about the universe, and he seems to require no evidence whatsoever.

sam harris

Source: The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason, Pages: 19

Contributed by: HeyOK

A Quote by Dr. Gregory Walter Graffin on faith, religion, evidence, and society

Faith in your partner, your fellow men, your friends, is very important, because without it there's no mutual component to your relationship, and relationships are important. So faith plays an important role, but faith in people you don't know, faith in religious or political leaders or even people on stages, people who are popular in the public eye, you shouldn't have faith in those people. You should listen to what they have to say and use it. It might give you some ideas on how to view the world, but ultimately you have to base your views on evidence. Evidence comes from your own eyes and ears. But of course this [philosophy] is in a society where the concept of "cool" doesn't apply and unfortunately we're far away from that.

Greg Graffin

Source: http://www.nyrock.com/interviews/badreligion.htm

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Richard Dawkins on faith and evidence

Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence.

Richard Dawkins (1941 -)

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A Quote by Carl Edward Sagan on science, hypotheses, growth, evolution, mind, ideas, evidence, scrutiny, and carl sagan

There are many hypotheses in science which are wrong. That's perfectly all right; they're the aperture to finding out what's right. Science is a self-correcting process. To be accepted, new ideas must survive the most rigorous standards of evidence and scrutiny.

Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

Source: thinkexist.com

Contributed by: Zoe

A Quote by Carl Edward Sagan on evidence, absence, science, thought, and carl sagan

Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

Source: thinkexist.com

Contributed by: Zoe

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