Ray Kurzweil: Invention

“An invention has to make sense in the world in which it is finished, not the world in which it is started.”

—Ray Kurzweil.

Bertrand Russell: Cars and humans

“No man treats a motorcar as foolishly as he treats another human being. When the car will not go, he does not attribute its annoying behavior to sin; he does not say, ‘You are a wicked motorcar, and I shall not give you any more petrol until you go.’ He attempts to find out what is wrong and to set it right. An analogous way of treating human beings is, however, considered to be contrary to the truths of our holy religion.”

— Bertrand Russell.

Robert Blatchford: Religions

“Religions are not revealed: they are evolved. If a religion were revealed by God, that religion would be perfect in whole and in part, and would be as perfect at the first moment of its revelation as after ten thousand years of practice. There has never been a religion that fulfills those conditions.”

-Robert Blatchford.