Tesla – religious and also PRO-SCIENCE, PRO-HUMAN, PRO-TECH:

Not quite; I think you may have fallen into the common trap of attributing desired unstated qualities to a dead man based on selective evidence.

For example: Was he an atheist? Well, we don’t know. He strikes me as more agnostic. [NOTICE – I’M DOING IT TOO] He appears to have been against religious fanaticism and showed a fondness for Science (of course he does!) – yet he also showed a tenderness towards religions (when they’re doing it right, as it were):

Notice the 2nd quote, oft-used to support the “Tesla is an Atheist” concept, he says, “There is no conflict between the ideal of religion and science”. That goes contrary to claims of a strongly atheist Tesla, which I believe is a modern fantasy based on hand-picked, out of context and fake-quotes that are believable. But nobody, not even atheists, check source quotes when it supports their beliefs, so things go unchecked constantly.

For ages this idea [that each of us is only part of a whole] has been proclaimed in the consummately wise teachings of religion, probably not alone as a means of insuring peace and harmony among men, but as a deeply founded truth. The Buddhist expresses it in one way, the Christian in another, but both say the same: We are all one

There is no conflict between the ideal of religion and the ideal of science, but science is opposed to theological dogmas because science is founded on fact. To me, the universe is simply a great machine which never came into being and never will end. The human being is no exception to the natural order. Man, like the universe, is a machine. Nothing enters our minds or determines our actions which is not directly or indirectly a response to stimuli beating upon our sense organs from without. Owing to the similarity of our construction and the sameness of our environment, we respond in like manner to similar stimuli, and from the concordance of our reactions, understanding is born. In the course of ages, mechanisms of infinite complexity are developed, but what we call “soul” or “spirit,” is nothing more than the sum of the functionings of the body. When this functioning ceases, the “soul” or the “spirit” ceases likewise

NOTE: I also cheated here. I used Wikipedia rather than sources. It’s a “close enough” source for some things, but in areas where there are strong human opinions, especially people who want Tesla playing for their team… I have to keep skeptical eyebrow raised.

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