Epistemology Quotes

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Philip K. Dick
“Maybe each human being lives in a unique world, a private world different from those inhabited and experienced by all other humans. . . If reality differs from person to person, can we speak of reality singular, or shouldn't we really be talking about plural realities? And if there are plural realities, are some more true (more real) than others? What about the world of a schizophrenic? Maybe it's as real as our world. Maybe we cannot say that we are in touch with reality and he is not, but should instead say, His reality is so different from ours that he can't explain his to us, and we can't explain ours to him. The problem, then, is that if subjective worlds are experienced too differently, there occurs a breakdown in communication ... and there is the real illness.”
Philip K. Dick

T.S. Eliot
“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.”
T.S. Eliot

Ursula K. Le Guin
“The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

Carl Sagan
“How is it that hardly any major religion has looked at science and concluded, “This is better than we thought! The Universe is much bigger than our prophets said, grander, more subtle, more elegant?” Instead they say, “No, no, no! My god is a little god, and I want him to stay that way.” A religion, old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the Universe as revealed by modern science might be able to draw forth reserves of reverence and awe hardly tapped by the conventional faiths.”
Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Thomas Pynchon
“Why should things be easy to understand?”
Thomas Pynchon

Philip K. Dick
“The pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Parmenides taught that the only things that are real are things which never change... and the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Heraclitus taught that everything changes. If you superimpose their two views, you get this result: Nothing is real.”
Philip K. Dick

Isaac Asimov
“They won't listen. Do you know why? Because they have certain fixed notions about the past. Any change would be blasphemy in their eyes, even if it were the truth. They don't want the truth; they want their traditions.”
Isaac Asimov, Pebble in the Sky

Oscar Wilde
“Knowledge would be fatal. It is the uncertainty that charms one. A mist makes things wonderful.”
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Isaac Asimov
“You can prove anything you want by coldly logical reason---if you pick the proper postulates.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

Madeleine L'Engle
“We look not at the things which are what you would call seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal. But the things that are not seen are eternal.”
Madeleine L'Engle

Jostein Gaarder
“Where both reason and experience fall short, there occurs a vacuum that can be filled by faith.”
Jostein Gaarder, Sophie's World

Douglas Adams
“What is the point? We assume that every time we do anything we know what the consequences will be, i.e., more or less what we intend them to be. This is not only not always correct. It is wildly, crazily, stupidly, cross-eyed-blithering-insectly wrong!”
Douglas Adams, The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide: Five Complete Novels and One Story

Michael Crichton
“They don't have intelligence. They have what I call 'thintelligence.' They see the immediate situation. They think narrowly and they call it 'being focused.' They don't see the surround. They don't see the consequences.”
Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park

Jostein Gaarder
“And although I have seen nothing but black crows in my life, it doesn't mean that there's no such thing as a white crow. Both for a philosopher and for a scientist it can be important not to reject the possibility of finding a white crow. You might almost say that hunting for 'the white crow' is science's principal task.”
Jostein Gaarder, Sophie's World

Leonard Cohen
“Show me slowly what I only
know the limits of
Dance me to the end of love”
Leonard Cohen, Leonard Cohen: Poems and Songs

C.S. Lewis
“I do not think there is a demonstrative proof (like Euclid) of Christianity, nor of the existence of matter, nor of the good will and honesty of my best and oldest friends. I think all three are (except perhaps the second) far more probable than the alternatives. The case for Christianity in general is well given by Chesterton…As to why God doesn't make it demonstratively clear; are we sure that He is even interested in the kind of Theism which would be a compelled logical assent to a conclusive argument? Are we interested in it in personal matters? I demand from my friend trust in my good faith which is certain without demonstrative proof. It wouldn't be confidence at all if he waited for rigorous proof. Hang it all, the very fairy-tales embody the truth. Othello believed in Desdemona's innocence when it was proved: but that was too late. Lear believed in Cordelia's love when it was proved: but that was too late. 'His praise is lost who stays till all commend.' The magnanimity, the generosity which will trust on a reasonable probability, is required of us. But supposing one believed and was wrong after all? Why, then you would have paid the universe a compliment it doesn't deserve. Your error would even so be more interesting and important than the reality. And yet how could that be? How could an idiotic universe have produced creatures whose mere dreams are so much stronger, better, subtler than itself?”
C.S. Lewis

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Habe nun, ach! Philosophie,
Juristerei und Medizin,
Und leider auch Theologie
Durchaus studiert, mit heißem Bemühn.
Da steh ich nun, ich armer Tor!
Und bin so klug als wie zuvor;
Heiße Magister, heiße Doktor gar
Und ziehe schon an die zehen Jahr
Herauf, herab und quer und krumm
Meine Schüler an der Nase herum-
Und sehe, daß wir nichts wissen können!
Das will mir schier das Herz verbrennen.
Zwar bin ich gescheiter als all die Laffen,
Doktoren, Magister, Schreiber und Pfaffen;
Mich plagen keine Skrupel noch Zweifel,
Fürchte mich weder vor Hölle noch Teufel-
Dafür ist mir auch alle Freud entrissen,
Bilde mir nicht ein, was Rechts zu wissen,
Bilde mir nicht ein, ich könnte was lehren,
Die Menschen zu bessern und zu bekehren.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust: Der Tragödie Erster Teil

Jared Diamond
“Science is often misrepresented as ‘the body of knowledge acquired by performing replicated controlled experiments in the laboratory.’ Actually, science is something broader: the acquisition of reliable knowledge about the world.”
Jared Diamond, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Isaac Asimov
“Postulates are based on assumption and adhered to by faith. Nothing in the Universe can shake them.”
Isaac Asimov, I, Robot

Rousas John Rushdoony
“It must be recognized that in any culture the source of law is the god of that society.”
R.J. Rushdoony, The Institutes of Biblical Law, Volume 1 of 3

Kay Redfield Jamison
“The ancient dialogue between reason and the senses is almost always more interestingly and passionately resolved in favor of the senses.”
Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

أبو يعرب المرزوقي
“فكرة الحداثة والعلمانية والتنوير فكرة متأخرة عن الثورة العلمية بقرنيين على الأقل وهي نتيجة الثورة العلمية ومعلولهاوليست شرطها وعلتها”
أبو يعرب المرزوقي, صونًا للفلسفة والدين

Daniel Quinn
“The obvious can sometimes be illuminating when perceived in an unhabitual way.”
Daniel Quinn, Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit

Zaman Ali
“To know and have it all is about individuality because each one has the right not to live under the mercy of anyone with more power. So, for freedom and protection, one desires to know and have it all, but the questions remain.”
Zaman Ali, EVIDENCE To Know and Have It All?

Ayn Rand
“Definitions are the guardians of rationality, the first line of defense against the chaos of mental disintegration.”
Ayn Rand

أبو يعرب المرزوقي
“أسمع من المحيط إلى الخليج أن من لا يقدر على إفهامنا لم تحل معادلات الدرجة الثانية بالطريقة التي تحل بها يخرف حول ابستمولوجية السقوط الحر ونسبية اينشتاين خلطا بين التعليقات الإيديولوجية والنفسية على مايزعم جاريا في وعي العلماء وتصوراتهم وبين فهم آليات الإبداع العلمي وقوانينه”
أبو يعرب المرزوقي, صونًا للفلسفة والدين

Neil Postman
“I should go so far as to say that embedded in the surrealistic frame of a television news show is a theory of anticommunication, featuring a type of discourse that abandons logic, reason, sequence and rules of contradiction. In aesthetics, I believe the name given to this theory is Dadaism; in philosophy, nihilism; in psychiatry, schizophrenia. In the parlance of the theater, it is known as vaudeville.”
Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

Kay Redfield Jamison
“One of the advantages of science is that one's work, ultimately, is either replicated or it is not.”
Kay Redfield Jamison, An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness

Kenneth D. Boa
“The heart cannot rejoice in that which the mind rejects”
Kenneth Boa, I'm Glad You Asked

Felix Alba-Juez
“The command of our language is crucial to focusing our thoughts and communicating them with precision to others.”
Felix Alba-Juez, Galloping with Light - Einstein, Relativity, and Folklore

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