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Science, noun: The use of evidence to construct testable explanations and predictions of natural phenomena, as well as the knowledge generated through this process.

"What do you think science is? There's nothing magical about science. It is simply a systematic way for carefully and thoroughly observing nature and using consistent logic to evaluate results. Which part of that exactly do you disagree with? Do you disagree with being thorough? Using careful observation? Being systematic? Or using consistent logic?"
- Dr. Steven Novella

"Science is the best tool ever devised for understanding how the world works."
- Michael Shermer.  Watch the Baloney Detection Kit

Read the Baloney Detection Kit or watch Michael Shermer explain it.

"I believe that an orderly universe, one indifferent to human preoccupations, in which everything has an explanation even if we still have a long way to go before we find it, is a more beautiful, more wonderful place than a universe tricked out with capricious ad hoc magic."
- Richard Dawkins, Unweaving the Rainbow

"The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, no good, nothing but pitiless indifference."
- Richard Dawkins, River out of Eden

"Natural selection is the blind watchmaker, blind because it does not see ahead, does not plan consequences, has no purpose in view.  Yet the living results of natural selection overwhelmingly impress us with the appearance of design as if by a master watchmaker, impress us with the illusion of design and planning."
- Richard Dawkins, The Blind Watchmaker

"There is no other door to knowledge than the door Nature opens.  And there is no truth but the truth we discover in Nature."
- Luther Burbank, Horticulturist

"One of the great achievements of science has been, if not to make it impossible for intelligent people to be religious, then at least to make it possible for them not to be religious."
- Steven Weinberg, Nobel laureate physicist

"Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so."
- Bertrand Russell

"The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge."
- Stephen Hawking

One large difference between science and religion is this: In science, if the facts don't fit the theory, the theory is tossed out.  In religion, if the facts don't fit the theory, the facts are tossed out.

Believing is easier than thinking; that's why there will always be more believers than thinkers.

Science and Skeptics' Sites, Articles, Blogs, Podcasts

Space, Cosmology & Physics

Technology, Biology & Medicine

The Ocean

Abiogenesis (life's origins)


Transitional Fossils & Vestigial Organs

Human Evolution

Creationism, "Intelligent Design" & Anti-environmentalism

Books on Evolution, Abiogenesis, & Creationism

Other Suggested Books

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