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Anecdotal thinking comes naturally; science requires training.
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As a consequence, much of what passes before our eyes may be invisible to a brain that is focused on something else.
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Atlantis is a tale about what happens to a civilization when it becomes combative and corrupt. Plato's purpose was to warn his fellow Athenians to pull back from the precipice created by war and wealth.
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But because we live in an age of science, we have a preoccupation with corroborating our myths.
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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.
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But there is only one surefire method of proper pattern recognition, and that is science.
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Dualists hold that body and soul are separate entities and that the soul will continue beyond the existence of the physical body.
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Either the soul survives death or it does not, and there is no scientific evidence that it does.
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For solving a surprisingly large and varied number of problems, crowds are smarter than individuals.
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Human history is highly nonlinear and unpredictable.
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Humans evolved brains that are pattern-recognition machines, adept at detecting signals that enhance or threaten survival amid a very noisy world.
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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.
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In my opinion, the question of God's existence is a scientifically insoluble one.
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Machine intelligence of a human nature could be a century away, and immortality is at least a millennium away, if not unattainable altogether.
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Monists contend that body and soul are the same and that the death of the body - the disintegration of DNA and neurons that store my personal information--spells the end of the soul.
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Myths are stories that express meaning, morality or motivation. Whether they are true or not is irrelevant.
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No single concestor proves that evolution happened, but together they reveal a majestic story of process over time.
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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.
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One, I am skeptical of the effectiveness of nutritional supplements.
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Plato wove historical fact into literary myth.
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Religious faith depends on a host of social, psychological and emotional factors that have little or nothing to do with probabilities, evidence and logic.
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Scientific prayer makes God a celestial lab rat, leading to bad science and worse religion.
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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.
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The fodder for Plato's imagination came from his experiences growing up at the terminus of Greece's golden age, brought about, in part, by the costly wars against the Spartans and Carthaginians.
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The human capacity for self-delusion is boundless, and the effects of belief are overpowering.
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The principal barrier to a general acceptance of the monist position is that it is counterintuitive.
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The reason is that in a group, individual errors on either side of the true figure cancel each other out.
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The ultimate fallacy is theological: if God is omniscient and omnipotent, he should not need to be reminded or inveigled into healing someone.
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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.
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We evolved as a social primate species whose language ability facilitated the exchange of such association anecdotes.
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We know evolution happened because innumerable bits of data from myriad fields of science conjoin to paint a rich portrait of life's pilgrimage.
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We should be exploring consciousness at the neural level and higher, where the arrow of causal analysis points up toward such principles as emergence and self-organization.
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We think of our eyes as video cameras and our brains as blank tapes to be filled with sensory inputs.
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When alien abductees recount to me their stories, I do not deny that they had a real experience.
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