Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Some Interesting Quotes

These are all quotes that have been featured here before. I thought I'd collect them and take them off the bottom of the blog. I'll do this from time to time, to keep them from unwieldy.

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(courtesy of K.): "Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger." -- Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials

Sin is geographical. -- Bertrand Russell

If complex organisms demand an explanation, so does a complex designer. And it's no solution to raise the theologian's plea that God (or the Intelligent Designer) is simply immune to the normal demands of scientific explanation. To do so would be to shoot yourself in the foot. You cannot have it both ways. Either ID belongs in the science classroom, in which case it must submit to the discipline required of a scientific hypothesis. Or it does not, in which case get it out of the science classroom and send it back into the church, where it belongs. -- Richard Dawkins & Jerry Coyne, Guardian Unlimited

As with all of ID, the important thing is first to have the concept. Production can then follow as a matter of course. -- William Dembski, Intelligent Design Proponent and Village Idiot (of whatever pitiful town he lives in.)

Everyone's entitled to their opinion; everyone's not entitled to their own facts, however. - Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Intelligent Design isn’t real science. It’s the equivalent of saying the thermos keeps hot things hot and cold things cold because it’s a god. -- Bill Maher, New Rules

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Fire does not wait for the sun to be hot,

Nor the wind for the moon, to be cool.

-- the Zenrin Kushu