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The principal barrier to a general acceptance of the
by Michael Shermer

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Human history is highly nonlinear and unpredictable.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Principal Causes of Our Suffering
are Our Expectations and Our Assumptions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The Principal Causes of Our Suffering are
Our Past, and Our Expectations and Assumptions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Light, God's eldest daughter, is a principal beauty in a building.
- Thomas Fuller

Our principal writers have nearly all been fortunate
in escaping regular education.
- Hugh MacDiarmid

The principal cause of war is war itself.
- C. Wright Mills

All animals, except man, know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
- Samuel Butler

We talk on principal, but act on motivation.
- Walter Savage Landor

As long as my sixth graders showed an average improvement of five years,
the principal and district pretty much left me alone
to create my own curriculum and teach whatever I wanted.
- Dan Simmons

You know it is not my interest to pay the principal,
or my principal to pay the interest.
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan

I was not the kind of a principal player that was so
in demand that eight or 10 or 12 scripts came per month.
- Sidney Poitier

My father was also a principal of a school and mother
was a curriculum advisor.
Both were educators.
- Edwin Moses

I've always liked getting away with just a little bit
of what you're not supposed to.
Like my first book, Billy's Booger, got me in trouble
with the principal's office.
- William Joyce

I have terrible hearing trouble.
I have unwittingly helped to invent and refine a type
of music that makes its principal proponents deaf.
- Pete Townshend

Perhaps, when we examine the causes of many social
changes and political upheavals,
we will find the marks of its presence and its principal ideals.
- Ali Hoseini-Khamenei

Let grace and goodness be the principal loadstone of thy affections.
For love which hath ends, will have an end;
whereas that which is founded on true virtue,
will always continue.
- John Dryden

The occasion of this sadness is expressed in a word,
but must be considered in many more,
as being the principal concernment both of the Text and Time.
- John Pearson

I say quite deliberately that the Christian religion,
as organized in its Churches, has been and still is
the principal enemy of moral progress in the world.
- Bertrand Russell

I am at war...
with the principal personage of traditional philosophy,
that abstract subject who masquerades as everyone and anyone,
but is really a male subject in disguise.
- Pam Gems

I hesitated, too, because for better or worse,
I have been one of the principal architects of New
Labour and I have worked closely with Tony Blair and
the team for nearly 20 years.
- Peter Mandelson

The principal end both of my father and of myself in the conquest of India...
has been the propagation of the holy Catholic faith.
- Ignatius Loyola

The confounding Political Economy with the Sciences
and Arts to which it is subservient,
has been one of the principal obstacles to its improvement.
- Nassau William Senior

In our country today, very few children are raised
to believe that their principal destiny is to serve their family,
their country, or God.
- Benjamin Spock

Adding "just kidding" doesn't make it okay to insult the Principal.
- Nancy Cartwright

Advertising is the principal reason why the business
man has come to inherit the earth.
- James Randolph Adams

The American polity is infected with a serious imbalance
of power between elites and masses,
a power which is the principal threat to our democracy.
- Paul Wellstone

The principal contributor to loneliness in this country is television.
What happens is that the family 'gets together' alone.
- Ashley Montagu

Good sense is both the first principal and the parent source of good writing.
- Horace

The dollar is currently the principal reserve currency in the world.
- Robert C. Solomon

I've had a lot of people tell me they wish I were their principal.
- Chi McBride

I did not win and in fact I was called into the principal's
office for a consultation with my parents.
But that was the beginning of my literary career.
- William Joyce

The principal rule of art is to please and to move.
All the other rules were created to achieve this first one.
- Jean Racine

The principal purpose of the Democratic Party is to
use the force of government to take property away from
the people who earn it and give it to people who do not.
- Neal Boortz

Misery, mutilation, destruction, terror,
starvation and death characterize the process of war
and form a principal part of the product.
- Louis Mumford

When I started Victoria Principal Products,
there were 22 full-time employees - they were all women.
- Victoria Principal

Food, like sex, is one of the principal kinds of human
activity that engage people when they wonder about
how to account for different kinds of human behaviour.
- Marvin Harris

A mother is neither cocky, nor proud,
because she knows the school principal may call at
any minute to report that her child had just driven
a motorcycle through the gymnasium.
- Mary Kay Blakely

Change is the principal feature of our age and literature
should explore how people deal with it.
The best science fiction does that, head-on.
- David Brin

I ought to rejoice in the fact that our principal rival has died,
but I don't.
- Jonathan Dimbleby

The FBI's principal priority right now is protecting
the United States against another terrorist attack.
- Robert Mueller

I'm playing one of the principal roles,
which gives you more clout and more confidence.
- Charles Dance

My principal job is to make interesting and entertaining films,
and I'm not proud of which format or which particular technique I use.
I just wanted the film to look good.
- Guy Ritchie

The principal task of a conductor is not to put himself
in evidence but to disappear behind his functions as much as possible.
We are pilots, not servants.
- Franz Liszt

Some of them profess to be well acquainted with all
the principal waters of the Columbia,
with which they assured me these waters had no connection short of the ocean.
- William Henry Ashley

Here is how I work: when I think that a film needs
to have a principal theme,
I search for a melody.
- Michel Legrand

Unless we keep this planet healthy, everything else is for naught.
- Victoria Principal

What interests me is the sense of the darkness that we carry within us,
the darkness that's akin to one of the principal subjects of the sublime -
terror.
- Anish Kapoor

It isn't making mistakes that's critical;
it's correcting them and getting on with the principal task.
- Donald Rumsfeld

Those who make their dress a principal part of themselves,
will, in general, become of no more value than their dress.
- William Hazlitt


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