Monicks: Unleashed

Thinking Critically

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One of the greatest gifts…


❝One of the greatest gifts science has brought to the world is continuing elimination of the supernatural, and it was a lesson that my father passed on to me, that knowledge liberates mankind from superstition. We can live our lives without the constant fear that we have offended this or that deity who must be placated by incantation or sacrifice, or that we are at the mercy of devils or the Fates. With increasing knowledge, the intellectual darkness that surrounds us is illuminated and we learn more of the beauty and wonder of the natural world.❞

Molecular Biologist James D. Watson, Darwin: The Indelible Stamp: The Evolution of an Idea

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god works in mysterious ways – Tweet of The Day

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Right, because the only explanation is “god did it”, and when god’s motives seem fishy, it must be god’s “mysterious ways”.  *facepalm*

You say “god works in mysterious ways,” what I hear is “god works in ways mysteriously similar to random probability.” @Monicks

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Fables should be taught as fables

Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fancies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child-mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be, in later-years, relieved of them. In fact, men will fight for a superstition quite as quickly as for a living truth – often more so; since a superstition is so intangible you can not get at it to refute it, but truth is a point of view, and so is changeable.

– Hypatia of Alexandria

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