There is nothing frightening about an eternal dreamless sleep. Surely it is better than eternal torment in Hell or eternal boredom in Heaven.
There is not a discovery in science, however revolutionary, however sparkling with insight, that does not arise out of what went before.
There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death.
There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been. The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that “my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”
There are no nations! There is only humanity. And if we don’t come to understand that right soon, there will be no nations, because there will be no humanity.
The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not “Eureka!” (I found it!) but ‘That’s funny…
The history of science is full of revolutionary advances that required small insights that anyone might have had, but that, in fact, only one person did.
The advance of genetic engineering makes it quite conceivable that we will begin to design our own evolutionary progress.
Suppose we were to teach creationism. What would be the content of the teaching? Merely that a Creator formed the universe and all species of life ready-made? Nothing more? No details?
Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is. The only function of a school is to make self-education easier; failing that, it does nothing.