"Two important characteristics of maps should be noticed. A map is not the territory it represents, but, if correct, it has a similar structure to the territory, which accounts for its usefulness." - Alfred Korzybski
"Science is a search for basic truths about the Universe, a search which develops statements that appear to describe how the Universe works, but which are subject to correction, revision, adjustment, or even outright rejection, upon the presentation of better or conflicting evidence.
" - James Randi
"Hypotheses are nets: only he who casts will catch.
" - Novalis
"Nullius in verba. Take no one's word for it.
" - Motto of the Royal Society
"I'm trying to find out NOT how Nature could be, but how Nature IS.
" - Richard Feynman
"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.
" - Thomas Henry Huxley
“A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth.
” Albert Einstein
"Science is empirical. Knowing the answer means nothing. Testing your knowledge means everything.
" - Lawrence Krauss
"Skepticism is the agent of reason against organized irrationalism - and is therefore one of the keys to human social and civic decency.
" - Stephen Jay Gould
"Science is best defined as a careful, disciplined, logical search for knowledge about any and all aspects of the universe, obtained by examination of the best available evidence and always subject to correction and improvement upon discovery of better evidence. What's left is magic. And it doesn't work.
" - James Randi