Das gesellschaftliche Sein bestimmt das Bewusstsein.

Die objektive Realität existiert außerhalb und unabhängig vom menschlichen Bewusstsein.

Karl Marx
The story so far:
In the beginning the Universe was created.
This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.
Douglas Adams

S.B. Semenov, a witness of the Tunguska event of 1908.

"The sky split in two and fire appeared high and wide over the forest. The split in the sky grew larger, and the entire northern side was covered with fire. At that moment I became so hot that I couldn’t bear it, as if my shirt was on fire; from the northern side, where the fire was, came strong heat. I wanted to tear off my shirt and throw it down, but then the sky shut closed, and a strong thumb sounded, and I was thrown a few metres.

After that such noise came, as if rocks were falling or cannons were firing, the earth shook, and I was on the ground, I pressed my head down, fearing rocks would smash it. When the sky opened up, hot wind raced between the houses, like from cannons, which left traces in the ground like pathways, and it damaged some crops.”

It pays to keep an open mind, but not so open your brains fall out.
Carl Sagan
All of the great monotheisms propose that their God works through history. At least sociologically, they are quite right: that a great deal of history - triumphs as well as disasters - has been made on behalf of One True God. What could be more obvious?
Rodney Stark
We are seven billion, yet we mourn the death of one.
Laurent Baum
String theorists can be likened to a primitive tribe excavating a buried spacecraft onto which they’ve stumbled. By tinkering and fiddling, the tribe would slowly establish aspects of the spacecraft’s operation, and this would nurture a sense that all the buttons and toggles work together in a coordinated and unified manner. A similar feeling prevails among string theorists.
Brian Greene
Democracy is a device that ensures we shall be governed no better than we deserve.
George Bernard Shaw
We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.
Car Sagan
If you could blow the brain up to the size of a mill and walk about inside, you would not find consciousness.
Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz