"[When] Men are not allowed to think freely
about chemistry and biology,
why should they be allowed to think freely
about political philosophy?"
Auguste Comte
[Isidore Marie Auguste François Xavier Comte] (1798-1857) French philosopher, was the founder of Positivism and Sociology
The Positive Philosophy, 1830-40
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Je trouve que c'est bien de penser en toute liberté et par sa propre opinion.
 -- marie-pier     
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     -- RailsandDales, the b dot.     
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    What a totalitarian thought.
     -- Professor Starobrno, Brno     
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    From a totalitarian's perspective, it makes perfect sense. The reverse is applied politics; when men are not allowed to think freely about political philosophy, chemistry and biology become accepted 'ONLY' within state parameters. Welcome to Amerika.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    With the exception of those who comment on this blog....
     -- Robet, St. Emilion, France     
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    (-; Robet, I like it - hmmm ;-)
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- jim k, austin tx      
    I have a close friend that is a chemist. In his specific endeavor he said he can believe the periodic chart from high school but most everything after that is well - - - um - - - sometimes almost close - maybe? He says any books he gets on his specialty, prior to the 19 hundreds are much more accurate. Then, all the newest advances are kept private by the discovering company.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Unholy fear and attendant oppression are legacies of the Fall.

    By Virtue, alone, can they be countervailed.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    Dictates of higher authority, govern closely absolute truth, a sizable payday coupled with a wholesome life style keep the rebels in check. Earthly treasures bind the mouth that would otherwise speak.
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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