Reason; as the supreme authority in matters of opinion, belief, or conduct

Month: June, 2013

“We are the offspring of history, and must establish our own paths in this most diverse and interesting of conceivable universes – one indifferent to our suffering, and therefore offering us maximum freedom to thrive, or to fail, in our own chosen way” – Stephen Jay Gould


Even the bravest rarely have the courage for what they really know – Nietzsche

“Nothing optional – from homosexuality to adultery – is ever made punishable unless those who do the prohibiting (and exact the fierce punishment) have a repressed desire to participate” – Christopher Hitchens, from ‘God Is Not Great’

“Compatibilists have produced a vast literature in an effort to finesse this problem [of free will]. More than in any other area of academic philosophy, the result resembles theology. (I suspect this is not an accident. The effort has been primarily one of not allowing the laws of nature to strip us of a cherished illusion.)” – Sam Harris, from ‘Free Will’

“And outside, the silent wilderness surrounding this cleared speck on the earth struck me as something great and invincible, like evil or truth, waiting patiently for the passing away of this fantastic invasion” – Joseph Conrad, from ‘Heart of Darkness’

“If you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right” – Henry Ford