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In the search for meaning we must not forget that the gods are a concept of the human mind; they are the creatures of man, not vice versa. They are needed and invented to give meaning and purpose to the struggle that is life on Earth, to explain strange and irregular phenomena of nature, haphazard events and, above all, irrational human conduct. They exist to bear the burden of all things that cannot be comprehended except by supernatural intervention or design. - Barbara W. Tuchman

"It is said that science will dehumanize people and turn them into numbers. That is false: tragically false. Look for yourself. This is the concentration camp and crematorium at Auschwitz where people were turned into numbers. That was not done by gas. It was done by arrogance. It was done by dogma. It was done by ignorance. When people believe that they have absolute knowledge, with no test in reality - this is how they behave. This is what men do when they aspire to the knowledge of gods. Science is a very human form of knowledge. We are always at the brink of the known; we always feel forward for what is to be hoped. Every judgment in science stands on the edge of error, and is personal. Science is a tribute to what we can know although we are fallible. We have to cure ourselves of the itch for absolute knowledge and power. We have to close the distance between the push-button order and the human act. We have to touch people.It is said that science will dehumanize people and turn them into numbers. That is false: tragically false. Look for yourself. This is the concentration camp and crematorium at Auschwitz where people were turned into numbers. That was not done by gas. It was done by arrogance. It was done by dogma. It was done by ignorance. When people believe that they have absolute knowledge, with no test in reality - this is how they behave. This is what men do when they aspire to the knowledge of gods. Science is a very human form of knowledge. We are always at the brink of the known; we always feel forward for what is to be hoped. Every judgment in science stands on the edge of error, and is personal. Science is a tribute to what we can know although we are fallible. We have to cure ourselves of the itch for absolute knowledge and power. We have to close the distance between the push-button order and the human act. We have to touch people." - Jacob Brownowski

"I accept the fact that like all living things I shall soon cease to exist. For a time, some of the genes I have carried will be replicated in my children, and something of me will survive in the books I have written and in the help t have given other people Death does not trouble me. I have no fear of supernatural punishments, of course nor could I enjoy an eternal life in which there would be nothing left for me to do, the task of living having been accomplished." - BF Skinner

"I accept the fact that like all living things I shall soon cease to exist. For a time, some of the genes I have carried will be replicated in my children, and something of me will survive in the books I have written and in the help t have given other people Death does not trouble me. I have no fear of supernatural punishments, of course nor could I enjoy an eternal life in which there would be nothing left for me to do, the task of living having been accomplished." - BF Skinner

"Arouse the faculties which superstition may have benumbed - and to put the question to your reason.

Could a being of Wisdom demand of you to spend your time and torture your faculties in imagining things which ye never saw? Worlds beyond the reach of human ken, and existences of whose nature you can form no conception ?

Could a Being of Justice command you to prostrate the reason he should have given, and swear credence to doctrines, which they even who teach, pretend not to understand?

Could a Being of Beneficence visit in anger the errors of the children of his hand, and delight in the torment of those whose ignorance he could enlighten, and whose sorrows he could heal ?” - Frances Wright

"Whatever is resting on fiction and fraud will be overthrown.
Institutions that organize impostures and spread delusions must show what right they have to exist. Faith must render an account of herself to reason.
Mysteries must give place to facts. Religion must relinquish that imperious, that domineering position which she has so long maintained against Science.
There must be absolute freedom for thought.” - John William Draper

Yet another woman freethinker who remains largely unknown.

Lilian Leland traveled 60K miles alone around the world at the age of 25 for nearly two years, and this excerpt is from her book “A Woman’s Journey Around the World” (1890)

"An all-powerful being who has stood calmly by and permitted the torture and massacre of his own chosen children and chosen prophets, not to mention the thousands of unfortunate women and children, is — well, he is not the kind of a God that I want to worship, and I don’t think either "merciful" or "just" are exactly the adjectives that should apply to him.


As for those people who cry out for the past and mourn the overthrow of superstition and the advance of science and reason, I hardly think they would on the whole care to be placed in a world such as this was three or four centuries back.” - Lilian Leland

"Knowledge acquired by reason will dispel ignorance and thus destroy the greatest evil— fear, whose source is superstition." - Hannah Arendt

"I want to do what little I can to make my country truly free:
To broaden the intellectual horizon of our people.
To destroy the prejudices born of ignorance and fear.
To do away with the blind worship of the ignoble past
with the idea that all the great and good are dead,
that the living are totally depraved, that all pleasures are sins,
that sighs and groans are alone pleasing to God,
that thought is dangerous, that intellectual courage is a crime,
that cowardice is a virtue, that a certain belief is necessary to
secure salvation, that to carry a cross in this world will give us a
palm in the next, and that we must allow some priest to be the
pilot of our souls.”

- Robert Green Ingersoll

Emma Goldman, y’all.