Carl Sagan – Believers are human beings


Carl Sagan
In the way that scepticism is sometimes applied to issues of public concern, there is a tendency to belittle, to condescend, to ignore the fact that, deluded or not, supporters of superstition and pseudoscience are human beings with real feelings, who, like the sceptics, are trying to figure out how the world works and what our role in it might be. Their motives are in many cases consonant with science. If their culture has not given them all the tools they need to pursue this great quest, let us temper our criticism with kindness. None of us comes fully equipped. - Carl Sagan
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  • gr8risrael

    It is true that we should be tolerant of others and their beliefs. But, I take offense when anyone attempts to jam their beliefs up my …, well you know. I do not try to convert anyone to my way of thinking and I would respect those that show me the same consideration.

  • Carlos

    Let’s not forget, that on his deathbed, Carl turned to his life mate, asn said “Well, I guess I’ll know for sure, in awhile.”

  • Deryck Franklyn

    This may be so but in many cases this standard of tolerance is not reciprocated; on the contrary sceptics are very often faced with bitter and vindictive rhetoric. Sceptics do not threaten the faithful with nasty consequences when challenging their beliefs and that makes it difficult to be charitable. Even when the threats are not verbal they are available in writing either in the Bible, Koran, Haddiths etc. In my country, which is alleged to be democratic, it is perfectly legal to have literature that delivers vile threats and hate towards non-believers but a criminal offence for non-believers to return the ‘compliment’.