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Daniel Dennett Quotes Collection

Daniel Dennett Quotes Collection

  1. There’s simply no polite way to tell people they’ve dedicated their lives to an illusion.

 

  1. What you can imagine depends on what you know.

 

  1. Now that mobile phones and the Internet have altered the epistemic selective landscape in a revolutionary way, every religious organisation must scramble to evolve defences or become extinct.

  1. I don’t think the 9/11 attacks taught us anything we didn’t already know about religion. It has long been obvious – even to the deeply religious – that religious fanaticism is an extremely dangerous deranger of otherwise sane and good hearted people.

 

  1. Not a single one of the cells that compose you knows who you are, or cares.

 

  1. You don’t get to advertise all the good that your religion does without first scrupulously subtracting all the harm it does and considering seriously the question of whether some other religion, or no religion at all, does better.

 

  1. We should get used to the idea that we’ll probably never be able to find – and confirm – a good explanation of the ultimate origin of the universe, though I see no reason to believe that we can’t press much further on this question than we have managed to date.

 

  1. There’s nothing I like less than bad arguments for a view I hold dear.

 

  1. Some of the greatest, most revolutionary advances in science have been given their initial expression in attractively modest terms, with no fanfare.

 

  1. I think many people are terribly afraid of being demoted by the Darwinian scheme from the role of authors and creators in their own right into being just places where things happen in the universe.

 

  1. The mind is the effect, not the cause.

 

  1. Words are memes that can be pronounced.

 

  1. To put it bluntly but fairly, anyone today who doubts that the variety of life on this planet was produced by a process of evolution is simply ignorant—inexcusably ignorant, in a world where three out of four people have learned to read and write.

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