Tag Archives: superstitions

Joyce Carol Oates

was born 70 years ago today (in Lockport, New York, U.S.A.)

“Is there any mystery like who you finally turn out to be.”

“We are linked by blood, and blood is memory without language.”

“How can people still be superstitious, still believe in nonsense and astrology and grotesque demonic religions of every kind, every fundamentalist religion crowding us on all sides?”

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Adam Smith

was born 285 years ago today, in Scotland

“Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.” – from The Wealth Of Nations

Bishop of Norwich in Scotland to him:

“Upon the whole, doctor, your meaning is good; but I think you will not succeed this time. You would persuade us, by the example of David Hume, Esq., that atheism is the only cordial for low spirits, and the proper antidote against the fear of death.”

if that really was his message, then I truly do hope for Adam Smith to succeed

as for a quote by the man himself though, I note this one:

“The robot is going to lose. Not by much. But when the final score is tallied, flesh and blood is going to beat the damn monster.” – Adam Smith