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    September 6th, 2012 @ 9:13 pm by Kevin

    I don’t recall Einstein ever threatening people that they would burn in hell if they refused to accept his theory of general relativity. The same goes for Newton, Kepler, Copernicus, Archimedes, Planck, Bohr, Curie, Bacon, Faraday, Feynman, Darwin, Hubble and a host of other scientists who revolutionized the way we understand the universe. There was no need for them to threaten us with hellfire, because the accuracy of their calculations and conceptual models could easily be measured against the real world. If they were wrong, we refined or rejected their theories. But if they were correct and we refused to believe them, what hung in the balance was not eternal damnation but a diminished existence here and now spent in the darkness of ignorance rather than the light of knowledge…

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