Thursday, June 16, 2011

My favorite PZ quotes

Tone matters, because too many have been insufficiently fierce in their criticism of pious excuses for sloppy thinking. Tone matters because we haven’t been rude enough in the face of special claims of privilege for religious inanity. We need to flip that tone argument around 180°—the problem isn’t that our tone is so harsh, it’s that yours is so inappropriately soft towards people who lie to children, who want to gut our educational system, and who want to taint science with a bias for magic. -- PZ Myers

It's hard not to look at someone like Don McLeroy, professional science-denier and flaming creationist asshole, and not feel considerable disgust that that man was in charge of destroying the public school curriculum in the state. -- PZ Myers

Religion is the antithesis of science, an anesthetic for the mind that disables critical thought and encourages the acceptance of inanity as fact, and wishful thinking as evidence. -- PZ Myers

Humans aren't high on the evolutionary scale…there is no evolutionary scale. We aren't the pinnacle of anything. -- PZ Myers

The religious imagination is paltry and petty compared to the awesome reality. -- PZ Myers

My point here is that there is an incredible amount of evidence for evolution, far more than any one person can digest, and that it is a vital field, still growing and still producing new results. All those papers don't get published unless they contain some new observation, a new experiment, a new test of the idea…and evolution has weathered them all.

2 comments:

  1. "A new atheist is any old atheist the Catholic Church can no longer set fire to."-PZ
    "The bone is bleached white. The flesh is burnt black. The blood splashes scarlet. You can't render it in grays and pastels without losing sight of the truth." (about mid-east wars)- PZ
    These should be up there too if it were my way.

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  2. Thanks for the PZ quotes, William.

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