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Foundation

Foundation

by Isaac Asimov

Religion Quotes

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Quote #1

"We received some last shipment. There's hardly any left. Space knows when we'll get more—if ever."

Notice how Space gets the capital and kind of replaces the word "God" in the sentence? Yeah, that's Golden Age science fiction for you. Always with that wonderful B-movie dialogue.

Quote #2

A civilization falling. Nuclear power forgotten. Science fading into mythology—until the Foundation had stepped in. (III.1.10)

They say one man's mythology is another man's religion. In Foundation, the old saying holds true—but with science.

Quote #3

"I started that way at first because the barbarians looked upon our science as a sort of magical sorcery, and it was easiest to get them to accept it on that basis." (III.1.68)

This actually happened all the time in history. Back in the day, people use to fear that cameras would steal their soul when it took a picture. Sure, it seems funny now, but the science behind the camera was way beyond what most people learned at the time. Can you think of any science people still fear today? Why?

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