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Michael Shermer Quotes

Anecdotal thinking comes naturally; science requires training.

But because we live in an age of science, we have a preoccupation with corroborating our myths.

But the power of science lies in open publication, which, with the rise of the Internet, is no longer constrained by the price of paper.

But there is only one surefire method of proper pattern recognition, and that is science.

Dualists hold that body and soul are separate entities and that the soul will continue beyond the existence of the physical body.

Either the soul survives death or it does not, and there is no scientific evidence that it does.

For solving a surprisingly large and varied number of problems, crowds are smarter than individuals.

Human history is highly nonlinear and unpredictable.

In comparison, Google is brilliant because it uses an algorithm that ranks Web pages by the number of links to them, with those links themselves valued by the number of links to their page of origin.

Myths are stories that express meaning, morality or motivation. Whether they are true or not is irrelevant.

No single discovery from any of these fields denotes proof of evolution, but together they reveal that life evolved in a certain sequence by a particular process.

One, I am skeptical of the effectiveness of nutritional supplements.

Plato wove historical fact into literary myth.

Religious faith depends on a host of social, psychological and emotional factors that have little or nothing to do with probabilities, evidence and logic.

Scientific prayer makes God a celestial lab rat, leading to bad science and worse religion.

The actual atoms and molecules that make up my brain and body today are not the same ones that I was born with on September 8, 1954, a half-century ago this month.

The principal barrier to a general acceptance of the monist position is that it is counterintuitive.

The reason is that in a group, individual errors on either side of the true figure cancel each other out.

Through no divine design or cosmic plan, we have inherited the mantle of life's caretaker on the earth, the only home we have ever known.

We know evolution happened because innumerable bits of data from myriad fields of science conjoin to paint a rich portrait of life's pilgrimage.