Fallacy Quotes

Quotes tagged as "fallacy" (showing 1-30 of 55)
Isaac Asimov
“A number of years ago, when I was a freshly-appointed instructor, I met, for the first time, a certain eminent historian of science. At the time I could only regard him with tolerant condescension.

I was sorry of the man who, it seemed to me, was forced to hover about the edges of science. He was compelled to shiver endlessly in the outskirts, getting only feeble warmth from the distant sun of science- in-progress; while I, just beginning my research, was bathed in the heady liquid heat up at the very center of the glow.

In a lifetime of being wrong at many a point, I was never more wrong. It was I, not he, who was wandering in the periphery. It was he, not I, who lived in the blaze.

I had fallen victim to the fallacy of the 'growing edge;' the belief that only the very frontier of scientific advance counted; that everything that had been left behind by that advance was faded and dead.

But is that true? Because a tree in spring buds and comes greenly into leaf, are those leaves therefore the tree? If the newborn twigs and their leaves were all that existed, they would form a vague halo of green suspended in mid-air, but surely that is not the tree. The leaves, by themselves, are no more than trivial fluttering decoration. It is the trunk and limbs that give the tree its grandeur and the leaves themselves their meaning.

There is not a discovery in science, however revolutionary, however sparkling with insight, that does not arise out of what went before. 'If I have seen further than other men,' said Isaac Newton, 'it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants.”
Isaac Asimov, Adding a Dimension: Seventeen Essays on the History of Science

Hippocrates
“People think that epilepsy is divine simply because they don't have any idea what causes epilepsy. But I believe that someday we will understand what causes epilepsy, and at that moment, we will cease to believe that it's divine. And so it is with everything in the universe”
Hippocrates

Criss Jami
“...There are also those who inadvertently grant power to another man's words by continuously trying to spite him. If a man gets to the point where he can simply say, 'The sky is blue,' and people indignantly rush up trying to refute him saying, 'No, the sky is light blue,' then, whether they realize it or not, he has become an authority figure even to such adversaries.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Criss Jami
“Whenever we want to combat our enemies, first and foremost we must start by understanding them rather than exaggerating their motives.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Christopher Hitchens
“I had become too accustomed to the pseudo-Left new style, whereby if your opponent thought he had identified your lowest possible motive, he was quite certain that he had isolated the only real one. This vulgar method, which is now the norm and the standard in much non-Left journalism as well, is designed to have the effect of making any noisy moron into a master analyst.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

George Carlin
“The God excuse, the last refuge of a man with no answers and no argument.”
George Carlin

Criss Jami
“Psychobabble attempts to redefine the entire English language just to make a correct statement incorrect. Psychology is the study of why someone would try to do this.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

“When examining evidence relevant to a given belief, people are inclined to see what they expect to see, and conclude what they expect to conclude. Information that is consistent with our pre-existing beliefs is often accepted at face value, whereas evidence that contradicts them is critically scrutinized and discounted. Our beliefs may thus be less responsive than they should to the implications of new information”
Thomas Gilovich, How We Know What Isn't So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life

Eleanor Roosevelt
“We have reached a point today where labor-saving devices are good only when they do not throw the worker out of his job.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“By and large, the truth is not merely a fierce battle with ignorance and fallacy, but, first and foremost, a combat with our own preconceived ideas and aprioristic conceptions. ("The hidden sides of his character" )”
Erik Pevernagie

Chögyam Trungpa
“As long as a person is involved with warfare, trying to defend or attack, then his action is not sacred; it is mundane, dualistic, a battlefield situation.”
Chögyam Trungpa, Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism

M.F. Moonzajer
“I cannot give up on my values and beliefs for the sake of respecting someone else’s values and morals. Because those values explain who am I. I prefer struggling and even dying for what I believe and what I don’t believe.
Silence is not respect; it is not condemning brutality and cruelty, and neglecting your own existence as human being. I will be killed and so many others because of standing against the fallacy and misleading notion of religions. They will torture us and cut us in pieces alive and even won’t stop disrespecting our death bodies; that is how these monsters have been governing for hundreds thousands of years.”
M.F. Moonzajer

Criss Jami
“The vanity of intelligence is that the intelligent man is often more committed to 'one-upping' his opponent than being truthful. When the idea of intelligence, rather than intelligence itself, becomes a staple, there is no wisdom in it.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

“it seems that once again people engage in a search for evidence that is biased toward confirmation. Asked to assess the similarity of two entities, people pay more attention to the ways in which they are similar than to the ways in which they differ. Asked to assess dissimilarity, they become more concerned with differences than with similarities. In other words, when testing a hypothesis of similarity, people look for evidence of similarity rather than dissimilarity, and when testing a hypothesis of dissimilarity, they do the opposite. The relationship one perceives between two entities, then, can vary with the precise form of the question that is asked”
Thomas Gilovich, How We Know What Isn't So: The Fallibility of Human Reason in Everyday Life

“[...] a familiar art historical narrative [...] celebrates the triumph of the expressive individual over the collective, of innovation over tradition, and autonomy over interdependence. [...] In fact, a common trope within the modernist tradition of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries involved the attempt to reconstruct or recover the lost ideal of an art that is integrated with, rather than alienated from, the social. By and large, however, the dominant model of avant-garde art during the modern period assumes that shared or collective values and systems of meaning are necessarily repressive and incapable of generating new insight or grounding creative praxis.”
Grant H. Kester, The One and the Many: Contemporary Collaborative Art in a Global Context

“What a paradox it is, the sane causes more problems than the insane! It is! The real problems of the world do not come from the insane but, the sane!”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

M.F. Moonzajer
“Every barber thinks everybody needs a haircut.”
M.F. Moonzajer

Tim Kreider
“Exhausting someone in argument is not the same as convincing him”
Tim Kreider, We Learn Nothing

“The more intense the belief, the less likely that reason and evidence can dislodge it.”
Linda Elder Richard Paul, The Thinker’s Guide to Fallacies: The Art of Mental Trickery and Manipulation

Avi Silverman
“It is only by ignoring fact, science, and reason that one can support current Republican positions.”
Avi Silverman, Phalluses of Logic: How to Know When Republicans Lie

Phillip Adams
“I've spent a life-time attacking religious beliefs and have not wavered from a view of the universe that many would regard as bleak. Namely, that it is a meaningless place devoid of deity.

However I'm unwilling simply to repeat the old arguments of the past when, in fact, God is a moving target and is taking all sorts of new shapes and forms. The arguments used against the long bow are not particularly useful when debating nuclear weapons, and the simple arguments against the old model gods are not sufficient when dealing with the likes of Davies et al.

For example, the notion that God didn't exist, doesn't exist but may come into existence through the spread of consciousness throughout the universe is too clever to be pooh-poohed along Bertrand Russell lines. And if I had the time I could give you half a dozen other scientific theologies that will need snappier footwork from the atheist of the future.”
Phillip Adams

“Now there are almost as many fallacies in this sentence as there are words.”
Millicent Garrett Fawcett, Women's Suffrage: A Short History of a Great Movement

Stephen Graham Jones
“Thanks Giving.
The Indian and the White Man together.
The pageantry spoke to me of civilization.”
Stephen Graham Jones, Ledfeather

Friedrich Max Müller
“All the fallacies of human reason had to be exhausted, before the light of a high truth could meet with ready acceptance.”
Friedrich Max Müller, A History of Ancient Sanskrit Literature So Far as It Illustrates the Primitive Religion of the Brahmans

“The power of collective memory does not lie in its accurate, systematic, or sophisticated mapping of the past, but in establishing basic images that articulate and reinforce a particular ideological stance.”
Yael Zerubavel, Recovered Roots: Collective Memory and the Making of Israeli National Tradition

“Don’t ever let your deeds oppose the same thing you seek to promote! That is a big fallacy!”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

“You strive hard to become a better version of your previous self. Never make the fallacy of thinking that you know everything.”
Avijeet 'Musafir' Das

“The Truth is harsh, but it will take you out of trash.”
Constance Friday Elias

Max Muller
“All the fallacies of human reason had to be exhausted, before the light of a high truth could meet with ready acceptance.”
Max Muller, Handbooks for the Study of Sanskrit

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