Man's Unfailing Capacity To Believe What He Prefers To Be True Rather Than What The Evidence Shows To Be Likely And Possible Has Always Astounded Me.

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Man's unfailing capacity to believe what he prefers to be true
rather than what the evidence shows to be likely and possible has
always astounded me. We long for a caring Universe which will save
us from our childish mistakes, and in the face of mountains of
evidence to the contrary we will pin all our hopes on the slimmest
of doubts. God has not been proven not to exist, therefore
he must exist.

-- Academician Prokhor Zakharov,
"For I Have Tasted The Fruit"