„I think skepticism is an antidote for nonsense –and there's always nonsense in life– and also it's the method for discovering what's true or false. And yes, we should use it throughout life.“

—  Paul Kurtz

22:54–23:09
Exuberant Skepticism (2012)

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Paul Kurtz
1925 - 2012

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