“I was partially supported by personal savings accumulated during my visits to the Courant Institute in the Fall of 1992, to the SUNY at Stony Brook in the Spring of 1993, and to the UC at Berkeley as a Miller Fellow in 1993-95. I’d like to thank everyone who worked to make those opportunities available to me."
Grisha (Grigori) Perelman, “The entropy formula for the Ricci flow and its geometric applications", http://arxiv.org/abs/math.DG/0211159
“The London Daily Telegraph of 18 November 1997 reported that a self-styled exorcist who had persuaded a gullible teenage girl to have sex with him on the pretext of driving evil spirits from her body had been jailed for 18 months the day before. The man had shown the young woman some books on palmistry and magic, then told her that she was ‘jinxed: someone had put bad luck on her’. In order to exorcise her, he explained, he needed to anoint her all over with special oils. She agreed to take all her clothes off for this purpose. Finally, she copulated with the man when he told her that this was necessary ‘to get rid of the spirits’. Now, it seems to me that society cannot have it both ways. If it was right to jail this man for exploiting a gullible young woman (she was above the legal age of consent), why do we not similarly prosecute astrologers who take money off equally gullible people; or ‘psychic’ diviners who con oil companies into parting with shareholders’ money for expensive ‘consultations’ on where to drill? Conversely, if it be protested that fools should be free to hand over their money to charlatans if they choose, why shouldn’t the sexual ‘exorcist’ claim a similar defence, invoking the young woman’s freedom to give her body for the sake of a ritual ceremoney in which, at the time, she genuinely believed?"
Dawkins, Richard. 1998. Unweaving the rainbow: science, delusion and the appetite for wonder. London: Allen Lane/The Penguin Press, p. 121.
“My daughter and I just finished reading Life of Pi together. Both of us agreed we prefer the story with animals. It is a lovely book — an elegant proof of God, and the power of storytelling. Thank you."
– “Life of Pi author Martel hears from Obama“. Saskatoon StarPhoenix (Winnipeg Free Press). 8 April 2010. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
就算「有神論」不能證偽，也不代表「有神」和「無神」的可能性是均等的，這是「不可知論」的罩門。細節且免，建議讀者看Richard Dawkins的《The God Delusion》。
那Pi的「信仰」又是怎麼回事呢？其實並不罕見。這是Daniel Dennett稱為「Belief in Belief」的現象。（對，正是我剛剛用的說法。）我也只建議各位看他寫的《Breaking the Spell》，特別是第八章＜Belief in Belief＞，且引用其中一小段：
“It is entirely possible to be an atheist and believe in belief in God. Such a person doesn’t believe in God but nevertheless thinks that believing in God would be a wonderful state of mind to be in, if only that could be arranged. People who believe in belief in God try to get others to believe in God and, whenever they find their own belief in God flagging, do whatever they can to restore it."
– Dennett, Daniel C., 2006, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon. New York: Penguin Books, pp. 221.