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"Suppose that every memory, written word, and piece of technology on earth was destroyed at one, leaving humanity to start completely from scratch. Everything we have to come to know about science would be eventually be discovered again. Given a few thousand years, people would figure out chemistry, and rediscover all the elements we know about now. People would once again understand biology, including its evolutionary origins. People would eventually see the motions of other galaxies in the sky, and work out the details of the big band. This is the glorious part about science, it can and would be replicated. I can assure you, however, that the story about a talking snake would be gone forever."
( Attributed to Penn Jillette, but I have not personally confirmed this. I found it at [ http://www.reddit.com/r/atheism/comments/p6lew/who_is_this_quote_from/ ] --Guy Macon (talk) 14:02, 21 June 2019 (UTC) )