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Science is much more than a body of knowledge.  It is a way of thinking.  This is central to its success.  Science invites us to let the facts in, even when they don’t conform to our preconceptions.  It counsels us to carry alternative hypotheses in our heads and see which ones best match the facts.  It urges on us a fine balance between no-holds-barred openness to new ideas, however heretical, and the most rigorous skeptical scrutiny of everything — new ideas and established wisdom.  We need wide appreciation of this kind of thinking.  It works.  It’s an essential tool for a democracy in an age of change.  Our task is not just to train more scientists but also to deepen public understanding of science.
    —    Carl Sagan
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Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
    —     Mark Twain
[Why do viewers watch a channel that’s been demonstrated to lie to them.  Oh yeah…  Because they (the viewers) want to believe the lies.  Why does Faux do it?  …To laugh all the way to the bank.    —    kmab]
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There is no other species on the Earth that does science.  It is, so far, entirely a human invention, evolved by natural selection in the cerebral cortex for one simple reason:  it works.  It is not perfect.  It can be misused.  It is only a tool.  But it is by far the best tool we have, self-correcting, ongoing, applicable to everything.  It has two rules.  First:  there are no sacred truths;  all assumptions must be critically examined;  arguments from authority are worthless.  Second:  whatever is inconsistent with the facts must be discarded or revised.  We must understand the Cosmos as it is and not confuse how it is with how we wish it to be.
     —    Carl Sagan
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“Without facts, you can’t have truth.  Without truth, you can’t have trust,”  [Maria] Ressa told editor at large Karl Vick hours after she was awarded the [Nobel Peace] prize.  “This is the fabric that hold us together:  shared reality.”
    —    Edward Felsenthal
From his article:  “Shining The Light
Appearing in:  Time Magazine;  dtd:  25 Oct / 1 Nov 2021
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We have found that scientific laws pervade all of nature, that the same rules apply on Earth as in the skies, that we can find a resonance, a harmony, between the way we think and the way the world works…
As a boy Kepler had been captured by a vision of cosmic splendor, a harmony of the worlds which he sought so tirelessly all his life.  Harmony in this world eluded him.  His three laws of planetary motion represent, we now know, a real harmony of the worlds, but to Kepler they were only incidental to his quest for a cosmic system based on the Perfect Solids, a system which, it turns out, existed only in his mind.  Yet from his work, we have found that scientific laws pervade all of nature, that the same rules apply on Earth as in the skies, that we can find a resonance, a harmony, between the way we think and the way the world works.
When he found that his long cherished beliefs did not agree with the most precise observations, he accepted the uncomfortable facts, he preferred the hard truth to his dearest illusions.  That is the heart of science.
    —    Carl Sagan
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The historian always oversimplifies, and hastily selects a manageable minority of facts and faces out of a crowd of souls and events whose multitudinous complexity he can never quite embrace or comprehend.
    —    Will Durant
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America’s greatness has been the greatness of a free people who shared certain moral commitments.  Freedom without moral commitment is aimless and promptly self-destructive.
     —    John W. Gardner
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We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark;  the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
    ―    Socrates
[I would say today’s Republicans fear light – AND – specifically the light which comes from science, truth and facts.  —  kmab]
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The Enlightenment sought to establish reason as the foundational pillar of civilized discourse.  In this conception, logical argument matters, and the truth of a statement is tested by examination of values, assumptions, and facts, not by how many people believe it.  Cyber-enabled information warfare threatens to replace these pillars of logic and truth with fantasy and rage.
     —    Herbert Lin
As quoted by:  Virginia Heffernan
In her article:  “Clock Watchers: The Beautiful Benefits of Contemplating Doom
Appearing in:  Wired Magazine, dtd:  Apr 2019
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The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.
    —    Arnold H. Glasow
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In spite of all the yearnings of men, no one can produce a single fact or reason to support belief in God and in personal immortality.
    —    Clarence Darrow
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A single fact will often spoil an interesting argument.
    —    William Feather
[Or a frequently told lie.    —    KMAB]
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Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.
     ―    Aldous Huxley
From:  Complete Essays 2, 1926-29
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The fewer the facts, the stronger the opinion.
    —    Arnold H. Glasow
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