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believe nothing . . .

September 24, 2008

Sunset in Cartagena, ColombiaBelieve nothing because a wise man said it.
Believe nothing because it is generally held.
Believe nothing because it is written.
Believe nothing because it is said to be divine
Believe nothing because someone else believes it.
But believe only what you yourself judge to be true.

– The Buddha

The proposition, that the sun is the centre and does not revolve about the earth, is foolish, absurd, false in theology and heretical.

– The Inquisition, on Galileo’s proposals

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