Quotes by ‘Darwin’s Bulldog’ & the Quintessential Agnostic


This quote serves to me to illustrate perfectly the advantage of science over any dogmatic doctrinal belief system, and comes to us by the most outspoken defender of evolution of Darwin’s era, and as well, the man who first coined the term “Agnostic.” The grandfather of Aldous, Andrew, and Julian Huxley, he was a British biologist and critic of organized religion.

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.

…and the following quote as well, which I think nicely applies to non-debates with any sort of pseudoscientists who have a tendency to favor frequent use of fallacious arguments from incredulity and appeals to ridicule:

I would rather be the offspring of two apes than be a man and afraid to face the truth.”If the question is put to me would I rather have a miserable ape for a grandfather or a man highly endowed by nature and possessed of great means of influence and yet who employs these faculties and that influence for the mere purpose of introducing ridicule into a grave scientific discussion, I unhesitatingly affirm my preference for the ape.

– Thomas Henry Huxley (4 May 1825 – 29 June 1895)

About Troy Loy

I seek to learn through this site and others how to better my ability as a person and my skill at using my reason and understanding to best effect. I do fractal artwork as a hobby, and I'm working to develop it to professional levels, though I've a bit to go till I reach that degree of skill! This is a crazy world we're in, but maybe I can do a little, if only that, to make it a bit more sane than it otherwise would be.

Posted on Thursday, 12:00, August 26, 2010, in Quotes & the Quotable and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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