3 March 2011

Thomas Huxley on Climate Catastrophism

Thomas Huxley was nick-named "Darwin's Bulldog" because of his fierce advocacy of the then heretical theory of natural selection. He was also an immortal aphorist, whose scorn for received wisdom resounds even louder today, when the scientific method he advocated so passionately has been prostituted by so many of its practitioners.

“The deepest sin of the human mind is to believe things without evidence.”

“Free discussion is the very life of truth.”

“Zeal without knowledge is fire without light.”

“Agnosticism simply means that a man shall not say he knows or believes that for which he has no grounds for professing to believe.”

“Many a beautiful theory is killed by an ugly fact.”

“Science is simply common sense at its best - that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic.”

“Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.”

“Logical consequences are the scarecrows of fools and the beacons of wise men.”

“It is the customary fate of new truths to begin as heresies and to end as superstitions.”

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