Taylor (1983). In defense of biocentrism.

“A rational human being will then take that attitude because it is seen to be the only justified or suitable one to take toward such creatures. The attitude is a uniquely human attitude in the sense that only humans are capable of having it, but it is not an anthropocentric attitude.” (p 241)

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Ellul (1964). Chapter 1 – Techniques. (The Technological Society.)

“Technique has become autonomous; it has fashioned an omnivorous world which obeys its own laws and which has renounced all tradition. Technique no longer rests on tradition, but rather on previous technical procedures; and its evolution is too rapid, too upsetting, to integrate the older traditions.” (p 14)

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Pacey (1983). Chapter 5 – Imperatives and Creative Culture. (The Culture of Technology.)

“Dickson notes that heavy industry had ‘an almost mystical significance’ in the early years of the Russian revolution, and comments that the ‘significance attached to technology’ under these circumstances often ‘disguises the exploitative and alienating role technology plays’ within industrial societies.” (p 93)

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Hitchens (2008). Chapter Seven – Revelation: The Nightmare of the “Old” Testament. (god is not Great: How religion poisons everything.)

“Then there is the very salient question of what the commandments do not say. Is it too modern to notice that there is nothing about the protection of children from cruelty, nothing about rape, nothing about slavery, and nothing about genocide? Or is it too exactingly ‘in context’ to notice that some of these very offenses are about to be positively recommended?” (p 100)

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Hitchens (2008). Chapter Six: Arguments from Design. (god is not Great: How religion poisons everything.)

“We now know things about our nature that the founders of religion could not even begin to guess at, and that would have stilled their overconfident tongues if they had known of them.” (p 87)

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Hitchens (2008). Chapter Five: The Metaphysical Claims of Religion Are False. (god is not Great: How religion poisons everything.)

“If one must have faith in order to believe something, or believe in something, then the likelihood of that something having any truth or value is considerably diminished.” (p 71)

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Hitchens (2008). Chapter Four: A Note on Health, to Which Religion Can Be Hazardous. (god is not Great: How religion poisons everything.)

“The attitude of religion to medicine, like the attitude of religion to [page break] science, is always necessarily problematic and very often necessarily hostile. A modern believer can say and even believe that his faith is quite compatible with science and medicine, but the awkward fact will always be that both things have a tendency to break religion’s monopoly, and have often been fiercely resisted for that reason.” (p 46-47)

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Hitchens (2008). Chapter One: Putting It Mildly. (god is not Great: How religion poisons everything.)

“God did not create man in his own image. Evidently, it was the other way about, which is the painless explanation for the profusion of gods and religions, and the fratricide both between and among faiths, that we see all about us and that has so retarded the development of civilization.” (p 8)

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