23 February 2009


ASIMOV, ISAAC, Russian-born American biochemist and author (1920-1992):

• “It seems to me that it’s insulting to human beings to imply that only a system of rewards and punishments can keep you a decent human being... I have a conscience. It doesn’t depend on religion.”

BIERCE, AMBROSE, American journalist (1842-1914):

• “Abstainer, n. A weak person who yields to the temptation of denying himself a pleasure.”

• “Moral, adj. Conforming to a local and mutable standard of right. Having the quality of general expediency.”

THOMSON, ANDY, American psychiatrist, author of Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith

• "Morality is doing what is right regardless of what we are told. Religious dogma is doing what we are told no matter what is right." (from video presentation Why We Believe in Gods)

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