A Couple of quotes from one of my heroes, Isaac Asimov:
Don't you believe in flying saucers, they ask me? Don't you believe in telepathy? â€” in ancient astronauts? â€” in the Bermuda triangle? â€” in life after death?
No, I reply. No, no, no, no, and again no.
One person recently, goaded into desperation by the litany of unrelieved negation, burst out "Don't you believe in anything?""Yes", I said. "I believe in evidence. I believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. I'll believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be."
- The Roving Mind p. 43
The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!', but 'That's funny â€¦'
There is no belief, however foolish, that will not gather its faithful adherents who will defend it to the death.