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Plato wove historical fact into literary myth. ...
by Michael Shermer

Plato wove historical fact into literary myth.
- Michael Shermer

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

Human history is highly nonlinear and unpredictable.
- Michael Shermer

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let parents bequeath to their children
not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
- Plato

Through Love and through Beauty, we achieve immortality.
- Jewel (paraphrasing Plato)

The part can never be well unless the whole is well.
- Plato

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
- Plato

Life must be lived as play.
- Plato

There is no such thing as a lovers' oath.
- Plato

Music is a moral law.
It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
- Plato

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
- Plato

Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.
- Plato

Music and rhythm find their way
into the secret places of the soul.
- Plato

If I were again beginning my studies,
I would follow the advice of Plato and start with mathematics.
- Galileo Galilei

Silence gives consent.
- Plato

Every theory of love, from Plato down,
teaches that each individual loves in the other sex
what he lacks in himself.
- G. Stanley Hall

All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato.
- George Santayana

The base emotions Plato banned have left a radio-active and not radiant land.
- Libby Houston

Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.
- Plato

The safest general characterization of the European
philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato.
- Alfred North Whitehead

All their sport in the park is but a shadow to that
pleasure that I find in Plato;
alas good folk,
they never felt what true pleasure meant.
- Jane Grey

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
- Plato

I know nothing about platonic love except that it is
not to be found in the works of Plato.
- Edgar Jepson

Love is a grave mental disease.
- Plato

We are twice armed if we fight with faith.
- Plato

Once Ptolemy and Plato, yesterday Newton,
today Einstein, and tomorrow new faiths,
new beliefs, and new dimensions.
- Albert Claude

Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise,
the amazement of the Gods.
- Plato

Plato is dear to me, but dearer still is truth.
- Aristotle

They certainly give very strange names to diseases.
- Plato

I will admit, like Socrates and Aristotle and Plato
and some other philosophers,
that there are instances where the death penalty would seem appropriate.
- Jack Kevorkian

Justice in the life and conduct of the State is possible
only as first it resides in the hearts and souls of the citizens.
- Plato

The beginning is the most important part of the work.
- Plato

I have read in Plato and Cicero sayings that are wise and very beautiful;
but I have never read in either of them:
Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden.
- Saint Augustine

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for
the education of its virtue.
- Plato

Plato's philosophy is a dignified preface to future religion.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Plato stands for the union of truth and goodness in the supreme idea of God.
- James M. Baldwin

Our tradition of political thought had its definite
beginning in the teachings of Plato and Aristotle.
I believe it came to a no less definite end in the theories of Karl Marx.
- Hannah Arendt

There are two things a person should never be angry at,
what they can help, and what they cannot.
- Plato

One of the penalties for refusing to participate in
politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
- Plato

All that money stuff was so strange;
all it ever meant to me was freedom from worry.
I'm happier now than I've ever been but I still wish I had that money.
- Dana Plato

He who steals a little steals with the same wish as he who steals much,
but with less power.
- Plato

Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
- Plato

No trace of slavery ought to mix with the studies of the freeborn man.
No study, pursued under compulsion, remains rooted in the memory.
- Plato

What difference is there, do you think,
between those in Plato's cave who can only marvel at
the shadows and images of various objects,
provided they are content and don't know what they miss,
and the philosopher who has emerged from the cave and sees the real things?
- Desiderius Erasmus

When a Benefit is wrongly conferred,
the author of the Benefit may often be said to injure.
- Plato

The learning and knowledge that we have,
is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant.
- Plato

There is no harm in repeating a good thing.
- Plato

Death is not the worst that can happen to men.
- Plato

The blame is his who chooses: God is blameless.
- Plato

I've got to be honest, there's no pleasure when you're working.
- Dana Plato

We ought to esteem it of the greatest importance that
the fictions which children first hear should be adapted
in the most perfect manner to the promotion of virtue.
- Plato


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