RATIONALISM: “Isaac Asimov Talks About Superstition, Religion, and Why He Teaches Rationality” ☮

This was recorded in 1988. He also explains why some people who think that we should abandon science are wrong and how scientific worldview is the best.

IGNORANCE: “To Surrender to Ignorance . . .” / Isaac Asimov

Issac Asimovh/t: The Atheist Agenda

ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM: “Ignorance vs. Knowledge” / Isaac Asimov

h/t: We Fucking Love Atheism

Quote: Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov born Eyzik Yudovitš Asimov (c. January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992)
American author, professor of biochemistry at Boston University, one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards, a humanist, a rationalist and an atheist

There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there has always 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.”

Quote: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson, MPhil, PhD (born October 5, 1958)
American astrophysicist, science communicator and author

The good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.

Quote: Roger Rosenblatt / Nobody is thinking about you

Roger Rosenblatt, Ph.D. (born 1940)
American Journalist, Author, Playwright, Essayist, Columnist,
Teacher and Fulbright Scholar in Ireland in 1965-66

Yes, I know that you are certain that your friends are becoming your enemies; that your grocer, garbage man, clergyman, sister-in-law, and your dog are all of the opinion that you have put on weight, that you have lost your touch, that you have lost your mind; furthermore you are convinced that everyone spends two-thirds of every day commenting on your disintegration, denigrating your work, plotting your assignation. I promise you: Nobody is thinking about you. They are thinking about themselves—just like you.

Quote / Christopher Hitchens / On the Independent Mind

Christopher Eric Hitchens (13 April 1949 – 15 December 2011)
English-American, Literary Critic, Journalist, Author,
Essayist, Polemicist, and Outspoken Anti-theist

The essence of the independent mind lies not in what it thinks, but in how it thinks.

Quote: Heinrich Heine

Christian Johann Heinrich Heine (13 December 1797 – 17 February 1856)
German Poet, Journalist, Essayist, Literary Critic. His verse and prose is distinguished by its satirical wit and irony. His radical political views led to many of his works being banned.

Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.