The most barbarous and the most fantastic rites and the strangest myths translate some human need, some
aspect of life, either individual or social…In reality, then,  there are no religions which are false.  All
are true in their own fashion;  all answer, though in different ways, to the given conditions of human
The Elementary Forms of Religious Life
, trans. Joseph Ward Swain, p. 2
 An anarchist can be not only a law teacher, but also a lawyer.
 As a lawyer he adopts and expresses a
professional point of view, the point of view of legal science, as Kelsen calls it, which does not commit him,
and is understood not to commit him to the view that the law is just.
The Authority of Law
Reason, says the skeptic, is the only judge of truth, and you ought to throw off every opinion and every belief
that is not grounded on reason.
Why, sir, should I believe that faculty of reason more than that of perception?
--  they both came out of the same shop, and  were made by the same artist; and  if he puts one piece
of false ware into my hands, what should hinder him from putting another?
An Inquiry into
the Human Mind
, p. 183
 The laws of nature are the rules according to which the effects are produced; but there must be a cause
which operates according to these rules.
 The rules of navigation never navigated a ship;  the rules of
architecture never built a house.
Of Arguments for Necessity
, p. 527
 Whereas reason is a universal instrument which can be used in all kinds of situations, bodily organs need
some particular disposition for each particular action; hence  it is for all practical purposes impossible for a
machine to have enough different organs to make it act in all the contingencies of life in the way in which our
reason makes us act…This shows not merely that  the beasts have less reason than men, but that  they
have no reason at all.
I, p. 140
 It is quite evident that existence can no more be separated from the essence of God than the fact that its
three angles equal two right angles can be separated from the idea of a triangle, or than the idea of a mountain
can be separated from the idea of a valley.
Hence  it is just as much of a contradiction to think of God
(that is, a supremely perfect being) lacking existence (that is, lacking a perfection), as it is to think of a
mountain without a valley.
II, p. 46
 I have reviewed a succession of failures:
failures to show that we
say that robots are conscious,
failures to show that we
say that we can’t tell.
I have concluded from these failures that  there is no
correct answer to the question.
 Robots may indeed have (or lack) properties unknown to physics and
undetectable by us; but not the slightest reason has been offered to show that they do, as the ROBOT analogy
It is reasonable, then, to conclude that  the question that titles this paper calls for a decision
and not for a discovery.
 If we are to make a decision, it seems preferable to me to extend our concept so