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When alien abductees recount to me their stories,
by Michael Shermer

When alien abductees recount to me their stories,
I do not deny that they had a real experience.
- Michael Shermer

Human history is highly nonlinear and unpredictable.
- Michael Shermer

One, I am skeptical of the effectiveness of nutritional supplements.
- Michael Shermer

We think of our eyes as video cameras and our brains
as blank tapes to be filled with sensory inputs.
- Michael Shermer

 

We know evolution happened because innumerable bits
of data from myriad fields of science conjoin to paint
a rich portrait of life's pilgrimage.
- Michael Shermer

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.
- Michael Shermer

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.
- Michael Shermer

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For solving a surprisingly large and varied number of problems,
crowds are smarter than individuals.
- Michael Shermer

But because we live in an age of science,
we have a preoccupation with corroborating our myths.
- Michael Shermer

Scientific prayer makes God a celestial lab rat,
leading to bad science and worse religion.
- Michael Shermer

Myths are stories that express meaning,
morality or motivation.
Whether they are true or not is irrelevant.
- Michael Shermer

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.
- Michael Shermer

Anecdotal thinking comes naturally; science requires training.
- Michael Shermer

The reason is that in a group, individual errors on
either side of the true figure cancel each other out.
- Michael Shermer

Either the soul survives death or it does not,
and there is no scientific evidence that it does.
- Michael Shermer

Dualists hold that body and soul are separate entities
and that the soul will continue beyond the existence of the physical body.
- Michael Shermer

But there is only one surefire method of proper pattern recognition,
and that is science.
- Michael Shermer

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.
- Michael Shermer

Plato wove historical fact into literary myth.
- Michael Shermer

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.
- Michael Shermer

The principal barrier to a general acceptance of the
monist position is that it is counterintuitive.
- Michael Shermer

Religious faith depends on a host of social,
psychological and emotional factors that have little
or nothing to do with probabilities,
evidence and logic.
- Michael Shermer

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.
- Michael Shermer

For me every ruler is alien that defies public opinion.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I don't like the idea of separating life and work.
That notion seems dated and a bit alien to me.
- Jeanne Moreau

I am a human being; nothing human can be alien to me.
- Terence

The Alien is gross, scary.
There is something in a human being that looks at them
and sees it as a cockroach.
You can never feel nurturing towards the cockroach.
- Sanaa Lathan

I really wanted Michael Jackson to be in the first Men in Black,
but he didn't want to be considered as an alien!
- Barry Sonnenfeld

Everyone's quick to blame the alien.
- Aeschylus

Alien - an American sovereign in his probationary state.
- Ambrose Bierce

The thing is there have been American movies that are similar to Solaris,
like Alien had a lot of things that are similar,
although it's also got the horror element.
- Alex Winter

I think I would not be described as a character actor
in that I don't take on characteristics which are very alien to me.
- Jeremy Irons

What are you gonna do, talk the alien to death?
- James Cameron

Obviously I've spent most of my working life with men
and they have this way of operating which seems a bit alien to me.
- Janet Street-Porter

Crime, to the man of the forties, was an alien monstrous terror.
- Rebecca H. Davis

I am human and let nothing human be alien to me.
- Terence

To show a 'well-founded fear of persecution,'
an alien need not prove that it is more likely than
not that he or she will be persecuted in his or her home country.
- John Paul Stevens

I think Russian people are learning that democracy is not an alien thing;
it's not a western invention.
- Garry Kasparov

First and foremost, The Quiet Invasion is a first contact story.
What would we do if we actually found evidence of alien
life out there? It's also about politics.
- Sarah Zettel

The real breeders of discontent and alien doctrines
of government and philosophies subversive of good citizenship
are such as these who take the law into their own hands.
- John L. Lewis

I knew exactly what to do on Alien, it was funny.
- Ridley Scott

My reluctance to use alien invasion is due to the feeling
that we are not likely to be invaded and taken over.
- Clifford D. Simak

I loved Alien, and I loved Carrie, and I loved The Exorcist -
those were big movies for me.
They were just brilliantly done, and unusual,
and they all took horror to some new place.
- Lawrence Kasdan

Words are not pebbles in alien juxtaposition.
- Learned Hand

Humanity abhors, above all things, a vacuum in itself,
and your class will be cut off from humanity as the
surgeon cuts the cancer and alien growth from the body.
- James Larkin

I love playing an alien.
- Sigourney Weaver

In a land of immigrants, one was not an alien but simply the latest arrival.
- Rudolf Arnheim

The attitude of insolent haughtiness is characteristic
of the relationships Americans form with what is alien to them,
with others.
- Jose Saramago

They asked if I was interested in a role as a large alien in a movie.
- Peter Mayhew

I also thought of playing improvisational jazz and
I did take lessons for a while.
At first I tried to write fiction by making up things
that were completely alien to my life.
- Amy Tan

We are women.
We are a subject people who have inherited an alien culture.
- Kate Millett

I did have an offer to direct one of the Alien movies
but I wasn't too excited about all the effects work.
- Walter Hill

I've never actually seen a Star Trek,
but I have seen an Alien movie.
- Izabella Scorupco

I looked like an alien, and in front of the most beautiful people on TV.
- Christine Taylor

Playing an alien gave me plenty of scope,
and I was able to develop it once I became a member of the team.
- Sarah Sutton

Whatever is not commonly seen is condemned as alien.
- Iris Chang

With Alien, because we always use a different director,
each one kind of stands on its own.
So I guess it's possible for them to make another one,
but we have no plans.
- Sigourney Weaver

In 1979, Alien came out and Sigourney was in it with a bunch a guys.
Nobody at that time expected the woman to be the hero,
so that was a tradition that started.
- Sanaa Lathan

An honest observer of the evolution of conditions in
Egypt would discover that terrorism is an alien phenomenon,
strange to our values and heritage.
- Hosni Mubarak

Conventional manners are a kind of literacy test for
the alien who comes among us.
- Katharine Fullerton Gerould

If you had an alien race that looked like insects,
then they would build robots to look like themselves,
not to look like people.
- Kevin J. Anderson

Now some alien force seems to have come and captured the Dodgers.
I don't know what happened to my Dodgers.
- Leigh Steinberg

But such IMF pressure is very much helpful for me to push such a,
you know, reform.
So in this sense I think IMF is very much helpful for alien society.
- Kim Dae Jung

It's insanity for a party that believes in freedom
to allow some Republicans to seize an agenda that is
totally alien to the agenda that was established in the election.
- Malcolm Wallop

The thing I don't understand is why so often one hears
discussion of the fruits of human labor as if it's
all the creation of some alien race.
- Chris Ware

Let us never forget that government is ourselves and
not an alien power over us.
The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President
and senators and congressmen and government officials,
but the voters of this country.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

I have been primarily interested in how and why ordinary
people do unusual things,
things that seem alien to their natures.
Why do good people sometimes act evil? Why do smart
people sometimes do dumb or irrational things?
- Philip Zimbardo

If a song's about something I've experienced or that
could've happened to me it's good.
But if it's alien to me, I couldn't lend anything to it.
Because that's what soul is all about.
- Aretha Franklin

The organized workers of America, free in their industrial life,
conscious partners in production, secure in their homes
and enjoying a decent standard of living,
will prove the finest bulwark against the intrusion
of alien doctrines of government.
- John L. Lewis

Some people think that our planet is suffering from a fever.
Now scientists are telling us that Mars is experiencing
its own planetary warming:
Martian warming.
This has led some people, not necessarily scientists,
to wonder if Mars and Jupiter, non signatories to the Kyoto Treaty,
are actually inhabited by alien SUV-driving industrialists.
- Fred Thompson

Obviously one must hold oneself responsible for the
evil impulses of one's dreams.
In what other way can one deal with them? Unless the
content of the dream rightly understood is inspired by alien spirits,
it is part of my own being.
- Sigmund Freud


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