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Reads tagged with “religion”

Aldous Huxley on Drugs, Democracy, and Religion
Aldous Huxley on Drugs, Democracy, and Religion

“Generalized intelligence and mental alertness are the most powerful enemies of dictatorship and at the same time the basic conditions of effective democracy.”

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The Cosmic Accident of Life: Alan Lightman on Dark Energy, the Multiverse, and Why We Exist
The Cosmic Accident of Life: Alan Lightman on Dark Energy, the Multiverse, and Why We Exist

How we drew the one we have from the zillions of possible universes in the cosmic lottery hat.

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Nonreligious Divinity in the Known and the Unknowable: Alan Lightman on Science and Spirituality
Nonreligious Divinity in the Known and the Unknowable: Alan Lightman on Science and Spirituality

“Faith is the willingness to give ourselves over, at times, to things we do not fully understand… the full engagement with this strange and shimmering world.”

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The Pious Infant: Edward Gorey’s Rare Illustrated Allegory about the Dangers of Dogmatism
The Pious Infant: Edward Gorey’s Rare Illustrated Allegory about the Dangers of Dogmatism

A darkly delightful allegory about what happens when we take our convictions to an extreme.

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Mark Twain on Religion and Our Human Egotism
Mark Twain on Religion and Our Human Egotism

“The human race … sits up nine nights in the week to admire its own originality.”

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R. Crumb Illustrates Philip K. Dick’s Hallucinatory Spiritual Experience
R. Crumb Illustrates Philip K. Dick’s Hallucinatory Spiritual Experience

“There is nothing worse… no punishment greater than to have known God and no longer to know him.”

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Jane Goodall on Science and Spirit: The Iconic Primatologist Talks to Bill Moyers and Reads Her Poem “The Old Wisdom”
Jane Goodall on Science and Spirit: The Iconic Primatologist Talks to Bill Moyers and Reads Her Poem “The Old Wisdom”

“As human beings, we can encompass a vague feeling of what the universe is, and all in this funny little brain here — so there has to be something more than just brain, it has to be something to do with spirit as well.”

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The Varieties of Scientific Experience: Carl Sagan on Science and Spirituality
The Varieties of Scientific Experience: Carl Sagan on Science and Spirituality

“If we ever reach the point where we think we thoroughly understand who we are and where we came from, we will have failed.”

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Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer, on Science and Religion
Ada Lovelace, the World’s First Computer Programmer, on Science and Religion

“Everything is naturally related and interconnected.”

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Science, Religion, and the Big Bang: An Animated Clarifier
Science, Religion, and the Big Bang: An Animated Clarifier

From the non-beginning to the singularity, by way of belief-muddling misnomers and beneficial ignorance.

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