t-rex roaring Ahh-HaaWise words:

24/10/2016: “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” —Carl Sagan

31/10/2016: “It does not help that some politicians and journalists assume the public is interested only in those aspects of science that promise immediate practical applications to technology or medicine.” —Steven Weinberg

07/11/2016: “The good Education of Youth has been esteemed by wise Men in all Ages, as the surest Foundation of the Happiness both of private Families and of Common-wealths.” —Benjamin Franklin

14/11/2016: “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” —Arthur Conan Doyle

21/11/2016: “Men who have an excessive faith in their theories or in their ideas are not only poorly disposed to make discoveries, but they also make very poor observations.”—Claude Bernard

28/11/2016: “Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”—Voltaire

05/12/2016: “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”—Marie Curie

12/12/2016: “The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.”—Isaac Asimov

19/12/2016: “Men become superstitious, not because they have too much imagination, but because they are not aware that they have any.”—George Santayana

26/12/2016: “I dream of a world where the truth is what shapes people’s politics, rather than politics shaping what people think is true.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson

02/01/2017: “The liar’s punishment is, not in the least that he is not believed, but that he cannot believe anyone else.”— George Bernard Shaw

09/01/2017: “The center line of science literacy — which not many people tell you, but I feel this strongly, and I will go to my grave making this point — is how you think… Start asking questions.”—Neil deGrasse Tyson

16/01/2017: “it’s become safer to retreat into our own bubbles… surrounded by people who look like us and share the same political outlook and never challenge our assumptions. […] And increasingly, we become so secure in our bubbles that we start accepting only information, whether it’s true or not, that fits our opinions, instead of basing our opinions on the evidence that is out there.”—President Barack Obama

23/01/2017: “You know, the very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common: they don’t alter their views to fit the facts; they alter the facts to fit their views.”—Doctor Who (author Chris Boucher)

30/01/2017: “One of the biggest obstacles to making a start on climate change is that it has become a cliche before it has even been understood.”—Tim Flannery

06/02/2017: “For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”—Carl Sagan

13/02/2017: “What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence.”—Christopher Hitchens

20/02/2017: “The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, scepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin. […] The man of science has learned to believe in justification, not by faith, but by verification.”—Thomas Huxley

27/02/2017: “It is impossible for someone to lie unless he thinks he knows the truth. Producing bullshit requires no such conviction.”—Harry G. Frankfurt

06/03/2017: “…pseudoscience is like a virus. At low levels, it’s no big deal, but when it reaches a certain threshold it becomes sickening.”—Phil Plait

13/03/2017: “If you get careless or go romanticizing scientific information, give it a flourish here and there, Nature will soon make a complete fool out of you. It does it often enough anyway even when you don’t give it opportunities. One must be extremely careful and rigidly logical when dealing with Nature: one logical slip and an entire scientific edifice comes tumbling down. One false deduction about the machine and you can get hung up indefinitely.”—Robert M. Pirsig

20/03/2017: “Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world.”—Arthur Schopenhauer

27/03/2017: “Everybody has opinions: I have them, you have them. And we are all told from the moment we open our eyes, that everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. Well, that’s horsepuckey, of course. We are not entitled to our opinions; we are entitled to our informed opinions. Without research, without background, without understanding, it’s nothing. It’s just bibble-babble. It’s like a fart in a wind tunnel, folks.”—Harlan Ellison

04/04/2017: “long-term goals can be trumped by political short-termism.”—Johan Rockström et al.

12/04/2017: “To mistrust science and deny the validity of scientific method is to resign your job as a human. You’d better go look for work as a plant or wild animal.”—P. J. O’Rourke

17/04/2017: “It is morally as bad not to care whether a thing is true or not, so long as it makes you feel good, as it is not to care how you got your money as long as you have got it.”—Edmund Way Teale

24/04/2017: “Sometimes it happens that a man’s circle of horizon becomes smaller and smaller, and as the radius approaches zero it concentrates on one point. And then that becomes his point of view.”—David Hilbert

01/05/2017: “It’s a poverty of imagination that diminishes our discourse, curtails curiosity, and makes our interactions petty and small.  A poverty of imagination that breeds distrust for institutions and, increasingly, for information.  A poverty of imagination that breeds distrust of other people who do not look or think like us.  A poverty of imagination that shrinks our sense of self and our sense of a lofty and inspiring common purpose, luring us to the extremes rather than leading us towards the extraordinary.”—Darren Walker

08/05/2017: “The primary tool of science is skepticism, whose light shrivels unquestioning faith.”—Mike Huben

15/05/2017: “You know the greatest danger facing us is ourselves, an irrational fear of the unknown. But there’s no such thing as the unknown—only things temporarily hidden, temporarily not understood.”—James T. Kirk (author: Jerry Sohl)

22/05/2017: “The correspondence between reality and my beliefs comes from reality controlling my beliefs, not the other way around.”—Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

29/05/2017: “It is the natural tendency of the ignorant to believe what is not true. In order to overcome that tendency it is not sufficient to exhibit the true; it is also necessary to expose and denounce the false.”—Henry Louis “H. L.” Mencken

05/06/2017: “Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all: the apathy of human beings.”—Helen Keller

19/06/2017: “It’s hard to win an argument with a smart person, but it’s damn near impossible to win an argument with a stupid person.”—Bill Murray

17/07/2017: “The aim of science is not to open the door to infinite wisdom, but to set a limit to infinite error.”—Bertolt Brecht

24/07/2017: “…the cosmos is also in us. We are made of starstuff.  We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”—Carl Sagan

01/08/2017: “Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.”—Voltaire

08/08/2017: “The patient, treated on the fashionable theory, sometimes gets well in spite of the medicine.”—Thomas Jefferson

15/08/2017: “From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: That we are here for the sake of other men —above all for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy. Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received and am still receiving.”—Albert Einstein

22/08/2017: “Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.”—George Carlin

28/08/2017: “A man has no reason to be ashamed of having an ape for his grandfather. If there were an ancestor whom I should feel shame in recalling it would rather be a man—a man of restless and versatile intellect—who … plunges into scientific questions with which he has no real acquaintance, only to obscure them by an aimless rhetoric, and distract the attention of his hearers from the real point at issue by eloquent digressions and skilled appeals to religious prejudice.”—Thomas Henry Huxley

07/10/2017: “Science is simply common sense at its best that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.”—Thomas Henry Huxley

14/10/2017: “Imagination is a good servant, and a bad master. The simplest explanation is always the most likely.”—Agatha Christie

22/10/2017: “We risk being the first people in history to have been able to make their illusions so vivid, so persuasive, so ‘realistic’ that they can live in them.”—Daniel J. Boorstin

28/10/2017: “The fact that a believer is happier than a sceptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.”—George Bernard Shaw

07/11/2017: “We face an unprecedented moment in this country.  Today’s greatest threat is not climate change, not pollution, not flood or fire.  It’s that we’ve got people in charge of important shit who don’t believe in science.”—Harrison Ford

09/12/2017: “If man is to survive, he will have learned to take a delight in the essential differences between men and between cultures. He will learn that differences in ideas and attitudes are a delight, part of life’s exciting variety, not something to fear.”—Gene Roddenberry

25/01/2018: “Whatever people in general do not understand, they are always prepared to dislike; the incomprehensible is always the obnoxious.”—Letitia E. Landon

12/02/2018: “When people will not weed their own minds, they are apt to be overrun by nettles.”—Horace Walpole

13/03/2018: “I love science, and it pains me to think that so many are terrified of the subject or feel that choosing science means you cannot also choose compassion, or the arts, or be awed by nature. Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent and reinvigorate it.”—Robert Sapolsky

21/05/2018: “The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance—it is the illusion of knowledge.”—Daniel J. Boorstin

t-rex roaring darpMouth turds:

24/10/2016: “We don’t know what those other cycles were caused by in the past. Could be dinosaur flatulence, you know, or who knows?” —Dana Rohrabacher

31/10/2016: “why aren’t monkeys still evolving into humans?” —Christine O’Donnell

07/11/2016: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” —Donald Trump

14/11/2016: “We’re human beings and the sun is the sun—how can it be bad for you? I don’t think anything that’s natural can be bad for you.” —Gwyneth Paltrow

21/11/2016: “My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply.”—Andre Bauer

28/11/2016: “What a waste it is to lose one’s mind. Or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is.”—Dan Quayle

05/12/2016: “There’s no such thing, unfortunately, anymore as facts…And so Mr. Trump’s tweet, amongst a certain crowd—a large part of the population—are truth.”—Scottie Nell Hughes

12/12/2016: “Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.”—George W. Bush

19/12/2016: “…I’m saying people have gotten things wrong throughout the 5,500-year history of our planet.”—Anthony Scaramucci

26/12/2016: “And they [climate scientists] each get $5,000 for every report like that they give out. That’s just my guess. I don’t have any proof of that. But I don’t believe ’em. I still want to listen to ’em and believe what I believe I ought to believe.”—Ralph Hall

02/01/2017: “All that stuff I was taught about evolution, embryology, Big Bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of hell.”—Paul Broun

09/01/2017: “Tide goes in, tide goes out. Never a miscommunication. You can’t explain that. You can’t explain why the tide goes in.”—Bill O’Reilly

16/01/2017: “Chocolate lines up planetarily with the sun. Chocolate is an octave of sun energy. […] It’s a male energy that comes down off the sun…”—David Wolfe

23/01/2017: “We do not exist in the body. The body exists in us. We do not exist in the world. The world exists in us.”—Deepak Chopra

30/01/2017: “I just happen to believe that, you know, the earth’s temperature has been moving up and down for millenniums now and there are enough scientists skeptical about the reasons for it.”—Rick Perry

06/02/2017: “We think there’s a lot of mass, right?  Okay.  Umm.  If you collapsed all the mass down into the universe, so there was no space between the mass, do you know how much mass there is in the entire universe?  […]  The whole universal mass can be consolidated down into the size of a bowling ball.  […]  So the whole body has an infinitesimal amount of mass—but what is the remainder?  Energy.”—Charlene Werner

13/02/2017: “My own personal theory is that Joseph built the pyramids to store grain. Now all the archaeologists think that they were made for the pharaohs’ graves. But, you know, it would have to be something awfully big—when you stop and think about it, and I don’t think it’d just disappear over the course of time—to store that much grain.”—Ben Carson

20/02/2017: “I have—perfected—being able to analyse how hurricanes are reported. I’ve become an expert in spotting the politics in hurricane tracking and hurricane forecasting. […] I’ve been able to spot, when they try to make it look like it might hit a population center, […] It’s kinda like UFOs…”—Rush Limbaugh

27/02/2017: “It is indicated that consciousness is imparted to humanity through projection of divine coded Light that is crystalline, coherent and intelligible. It is further elucidated that Light is composed of consciousness particulates that manifest themselves as ‘units of consciousness,’ giving sentience to humans, who possess the capacity to ‘contain’ such units of consciousness.”—Mohsen Paul Sarfarazi

06/03/2017: “Your beliefs and thoughts are wired into your biology. They become your cells, tissues, and organs.”—Christiane Northrup

13/03/2017: “There’s no such thing as objective matter. All matter is a subjective experience in consciousness.”—Aurora Carlson

20/03/2017: “So, listen, I drive from coast to coast, and this shit is flat to me. I’m just saying.”—Shaquille O’Neal

27/03/2017: “The Ice Sheet melt is only a problem if you live in Antarctica, which, honestly, is a pretty dumb place to live. Polar bears live in Antarctica because they have no choice, but we’re not polar bears.”—Michele Bachmann

04/04/2017: “I would build a great wall—and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me.  And I’ll build them very inexpensively.  I will build a great, great wall on our southern boarder…”—Donald Trump

12/04/2017: “QFT [Quantum Field Theory] demonstrates that quantum properties can be physical without being observable. Thus, an underlying similarity in discourse could exist between homeopathy and quantum theory which could be useful for modelling the homeopathic process.”—L. R. Milgrom

17/04/2017: “There is no substantive-due-process right to stimulate one’s genitals for non-medical purposes unrelated to procreation or outside of an interpersonal relationship.”—Ted Cruz

24/04/2017: “Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall.”—Donald J. Trump

01/05/2017: “…our own urine is an enormous source of vital nutrients, vitamins, hormones, enzymes and critical antibodies that cannot be duplicated or derived from any other source.”—Martha Christy

08/05/2017: “There is no life that will come out of a rectum! You cannot produce life, it’s only death! There’s nothing in a rectum except waste, refuse and death!”—James David Manning

15/05/2017: “I tell ya folks, nerds are one of the most dangerous groups in this country, because they’re gonna end up running things, but they still hate everybody, because they weren’t the jocks in high school, so they play little dirty games on everybody.  They use their brains to hurt people.  And I’m aware of them.  Ok, I’mma—I SEE YOU, YOU LITTLE RATS!”—Alex Jones

22/05/2017: “I’ve read the last page of the Bible, it’s all going to turn out all right.”—Billy Graham‏

29/05/2017: “I thought it [climate change] must be true until I found out what it would cost.”—James Inhofe

05/06/2017: “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”—Donald Trump

19/06/2017: “If newborn babies could speak they would be the most intelligent beings on Planet Earth.”—Jaden Smith

17/07/2017: “It all depends on what the meaning of the word ‘is’ is.”—Bill Clinton

24/07/2017: “You gotta know that deer antler is an androgenic force. And why? Because it’s cosmic in nature. It’s elevating. It’s levitational in nature. Which actually makes you younger. The forces of levity make you younger.”—David Wolfe

01/08/2017: “I don’t like them putting chemicals in the water that turn the friggin’ frogs gay!”—Alex Jones

08/08/2017: “Selenite healing properties have the ability to very quickly unblock any stuck or stagnant energy, to promote a smooth flow of positive energy. You can think of a headache like an energy blockage, and selenite facilitates the removal of this block and any negative energy.”—energymuse.com

15/08/2017: “I do whine because I want to win and I’m not happy about not winning and I am a whiner and I keep whining and whining until I win.”—Donald Trump

24/08/2017: “I’m not a numbers person.”—Betsy DeVos 

28/08/2017: “This will encourage debate if a student has a problem learning he came from a monkey rather than an intelligent design!”—Mack Butler

07/10/2017: “People don’t realize just how powerful it is to drink your own urine. […] Urine contains enzymes, vitamins, minerals not to mention it’s completely structured hexagonal liquid. Because it is created by your own body, it helps to re-educate your immune system as what is foreighn [sic] and what is domestic.”—Justin Stellman

14/10/2017: “I told you the NFL was out of the bowels of hell and nothing more than a propaganda machine, with mindless sheep who are brainwashed every night of the week with the alpha, gamma, theta waves, the delta waves lulling people into trances, slipping people into mass hypnosis. That’s declassified, folks.”—Sheila Zilinsky

22/10/2017: “Had a powerful meditation just now – caused an earthquake in Southern California.”—Deepak Chopra

28/10/2017: “The specific technique used for the fork above was called time travel in which Gene took the fork and sent it back in time to a condition where it would most easily bend in the above conformation.”—Gene Ang

07/11/2017: “NBC News just called it the great freeze – coldest weather in years. Is our country still spending money on the GLOBAL WARMING HOAX?”—Donald J. Trump

09/12/2017: “Assimilation has become a dirty word to the multiculturalist Left. Assimilation, not diversity, is our American strength.”—Steve King

25/01/2018: “Tap water? You’re drinking toilet water with birth control drugs in them. Chloramine, and on top of that they’re putting in fluoride. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but it’s a mind-control drug that has no benefit to our dental health.”—Mukhande Singh

12/02/2018: “And when you look at that, and you see that and so many other things… what’s going on… lota people should be ashamed of themselves, and much worse than that.”—Donald Trump

13/03/2018: “Don’t allow your aura to become a safe space for souls who require free emotional labour. Protect your space.”—Meggan Roxanne

21/05/2018: “Every time you have that soil or rock or whatever it is that is deposited into the seas, that forces the sea levels to rise, because now you have less space in those oceans, because the bottom is moving up.”—Mo Brooks


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