"It seems true that the growth of science and secularism made organized Christianity feel under threat."
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."Mary Douglas on Albert Einstein
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."Mary Douglas on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control."Mary Douglas on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right a single experiment can prove me wrong."Mary Douglas on Albert Einstein
"Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss."Mary Douglas on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"I am convinced that living in an enclave shapes the personality, and living alone shapes the personality too."
"If you want to change the culture, you will have to start by changing the organization."
"Real equality is immensely difficult to achieve, it needs continual revision and monitoring of distributions. And it does not provide buffers between members, so they are continually colliding or frustrating each other."
"Mormons... are so strong, they can handle wealth, they are confident. I think it is because they are not bogged down by rules for equality, but have a firmly defined system of relative status and responsible command."
"Inequality can have a bad downside, but equality, for its part, sure does get in the way of coordination."