Richard G. Petty, MD

Faith, Reason and Reality

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“I will be mindful of the first principle of our great period, never to rely on and let myself be disconcerted by reason, always to know that faith is stronger than so-called reality.”

–Hermann Hesse (German-born Swiss Novelist, Poet and, in 1946, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, 1877-1962)   

“The Journey to the East” (Hermann Hesse)

You Need Reason AND Compassion!


“Reason guides our attempt to understand the world about us. Both reason and compassion guide our efforts to apply that knowledge ethically, to understand other people, and have ethical relationships with other people.”         

–Molleen Matsumura (Director of the National Center for Science Education, 1948-)   

A New Kind of Guidance

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“Every advance in social progress removes us more and more from the guidance of instinct, obliging us to depend upon reason for the assurance that our habits are really agreeable to the laws of health.”       

–Emily Blackwell (English-born American Physician, and the Third Woman to obtain a Medical Degree in the United States, 1826-1910)

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