Philosophy Of Science Quotes

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Richard P. Feynman
“Philosophy of science is about as useful to scientists as ornithology is to birds.”
Richard Feynman

Terry Pratchett
“It's daft, locking us up," said Nanny. "I'd have had us killed."
"That's because you're basically good," said Magrat. "The good are innocent and create justice. The bad are guilty, which is why they invent mercy.”
Terry Pratchett, Witches Abroad

Albert Einstein
“I fully agree with you about the significance and educational value of methodology as well as history and philosophy of science. So many people today - and even professional scientists - seem to me like somebody who has seen thousands of trees but has never seen a forest. A knowledge of the historic and philosophical background gives that kind of independence from prejudices of his generation from which most scientists are suffering. This independence created by philosophical insight is - in my opinion - the mark of distinction between a mere artisan or specialist and a real seeker after truth.
[Correspondance to Robert Thorton in 1944]”
Albert Einstein

John N. Gray
“Humans think they are free, conscious beings, when in truth they are deluded animals. At the same time they never cease trying to escape from what they imagine themselves to be. Their religions are attempts to be rid of a freedom they have never possessed. In the twentieth century, the utopias of Right and Left served the same function. Today, when politics is unconvincing even as entertainment, science has taken on the role of mankind's deliverer.”
John Gray, Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals

Ernst Mach
“But we must not forget that all things in the world are connected with one another and depend on one another, and that we ourselves and all our thoughts are also a part of nature. It is utterly beyond our power to measure the changes of things by time. Quite the contrary, time is an abstraction, at which we arrive by means of the change of things; made because we are not restricted to any one definite measure, all being interconnected. A motion is termed uniform in which equal increments of space described correspond to equal increments of space described by some motion with which we form a comparison, as the rotation of the earth. A motion may, with respect to another motion, be uniform. But the question whether a motion is in itself uniform, is senseless. With just as little justice, also, may we speak of an “absolute time” --- of a time independent of change. This absolute time can be measured by comparison with no motion; it has therefore neither a practical nor a scientific value; and no one is justified in saying that he knows aught about it. It is an idle metaphysical conception.”
Ernst Mach, The Science of Mechanics: A Critical and Historical Account of Its Development

John N. Gray
“It is a strange fancy to suppose that science can bring reason to an irrational world, when all it can ever do is give another twist to a normal madness.”
John Gray, Straw Dogs: Thoughts on Humans and Other Animals

Paul Karl Feyerabend
“Science is essentially an anarchic enterprise: theoretical anarchism is more humanitarian and more likely to encourage progress than its law-and-order alternatives.”
Paul Karl Feyerabend, Against Method

“Love is a chemical reaction,
But it cannot be fully understood or defined by science.
And though a body cannot exist without a soul,
It too cannot be fully understood or defined by science.
Love is the most powerful form of energy,
But science cannot decipher its elements.
Yet the best cure for a sick soul is love,
But even the most advanced physician
Cannot prescribe it as medicine.

Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Lois McMaster Bujold
“In mysticism, knowledge cannot be separated from a certain way of life which becomes its living manifestation. To acquire mystical knowledge means to undergo a transformation; one could even say that the knowledge is the transformation. Scientific knowledge, on the other hand, can often stay abstract and theoretical. Thus most of today’s physicists do not seem to realize the philosophical, cultural and spiritual implications of their theories.”
Lois McMaster Bujold, The Curse of Chalion

Nelson Goodman
“We make versions, and true versions make worlds.”
Nelson Goodman

David Bentley Hart
“Physics explains everything, which we know because anything physics cannot explain does not exist, which we know because whatever exists must be explicable by physics, which we know because physics explains everything. There is something here of the mystical.”
David Bentley Hart, The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss

Bertrand Russell
“Physics is mathematical not because we know so much about the physical world, but because we know so little; it is only its mathematical properties that we can discover.”
Bertrand Russell

Lee Smolin
“On the way, I shared the backseat of Feyerabend's little sports car with the inflatable raft he kept there in case an 8-point earthquake came while he was on the Bay Bridge.”
Lee Smolin, The Trouble with Physics: The Rise of String Theory, the Fall of a Science and What Comes Next

Ray Kurzweil
“Fredkin [...] praat over een interessant kenmerk van computerprogramma's, waaronder cellulaire automaten: er is geen kortere route mogelijk naar wat de uitkomst wordt. Dit is het wezenlijke verschil tussen de 'analytische' benadering van de traditionele wiskunde, inclusief differentiële vergelijkingen, en de 'computer'-benadering met algoritmes. Je kunt een toekomstige toestand van een systeem voorspellen zonder alle tussenstappen te kennen als je de analytische methode gebruikt. Maar bij cellulaire automaten moet je alle tussenstappen doorrekenen om te weten hoe de uitkomst zal zijn: je kunt de toekomst niet voorspellen, behalve door de toekomst af te wachten. [...] Fredkin legt uit: 'je kunt het antwoord op een vraag niet sneller kennen dan wanneer je volgt wat er gebeurt.' [...] Fredkin gelooft dat het universum letterlijk een computer is en dat het gebruikt wordt door iets of iemand om een probleem op te lossen. Het klinkt als een grap met goed en slecht nieuws: het goede nieuws is dat onze levens een doel hebben; het slechte nieuws is dat onze levens het doel zijn van een of andere hacker ver weg die pi wil uitrekenen met een oneindig groot getal achter de komma.”
Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

Peter Høeg
“We all live our lives blindly believing in the people who make the decisions. Believing in science. Because the world is inscrutable and all information is hazy. We accept the existence of a round globe, of an atom's nucleus that sticks together like drops, of a shrinking universe -- and the necessity of interfering with genetic material. Not because we know these things are true, but because we believe the people who tell us so. we are all proselytes of science. And, in contrast to the followers of other religions, we can no longer bridge the gap between ourselves and the priests. Problems arise when we stumble on an outright lie. And it affects our own lives....that of a child who for the first time catches his parents in a lie he had always suspected.”
Peter Hoeg

Abhijit Naskar
“Sonnet of Paths

Science means nothing,
Unless we use it to lift the society.
Philosophy means nothing,
Unless it empowers humanity.
Religion means nothing,
Unless it advocates for inclusion.
Technology means nothing,
Unless it aids in collective ascension.
Tastes are plenty in our world,
So are the paths that humans take.
But if those paths hold no humanity,
Fabric of civilization will soon break.
Placing on humanity our prime attention,
Together we’ll attain true emancipation.”
Abhijit Naskar, Good Scientist: When Science and Service Combine

Abhijit Naskar
“I haven't come for science, I have come for love.”
Abhijit Naskar, Sleepless for Society

“Along the lines of our society, every one of us must "do his job" according to certain rules imposed on us by ever-working machineries. The production and consumption of goods have acquired a sort of "automatic" character. No one can escape the fatality which is the result of this automation. Our life, then, even our most intimate life, is completely conditioned by social and economic necessities which are alien to ourselves and which we nevertheless accept as the true expression of ourselves. Our work, our pleasures, even our love and hatred are dominated by these all-pervading forces which are beyond our control.

Thus, our own life does not belong to us. We appear to be in the most direct contact with the world around us, but in reality the vast machinery of our society permits us to perceive the world only through generally accepted views. The directness of our contact with the world is of the same symbolic character as the concepts we use to understand it. We can comprehend how our whole social and economic system, which we term Capitalism, and which is, in its origins, closely connected to modern ideal of knowledge and science, has acquired such symbolic reality.”
Jacob Klein, Lectures And Essays

“Our rationalism is a symbolic one. It is the true result of the Cartesian distinction between „mind“ and „external world“. It is the true expression of the paradox of which we have spoken, that the mind, which is supposed to be sufficient to understand the world, is preconveived as a mind alienated from this same world. We approach the world not directly but by means of concepts which are abstractions of abstractions and which at the same time we interpret as being in direct contact with the world.”
Jacob Klein, Lectures And Essays

Tom Golway
“Science and philosophy share commonality in their history. When philosophy looks to answer, it becomes allegorical, sometimes bordering on mythological. It should instead look for the intangible questions to be asked and provide guiding principles for science to seek the answers.”
Tom Golway

David Hume
“When we run over libraries, persuaded of these principles, what havoc must we make? If we take in our hand any volume; of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance; let us ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning concerning quantity or number? No. Does it contain any experimental reasoning concerning matter of fact and existence? No. Commit it then to the flames: For it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion”
David Hume

Abhijit Naskar
“Science is a peerless force for good, but a little knowledge of science is dangerous, it makes you cynical towards anything that is not logical.”
Abhijit Naskar, Heart Force One: Need No Gun to Defend Society

Abhijit Naskar
“So long as millions starve and live without a roof, I hold every feat of technological achievement a mockery of human life.”
Abhijit Naskar, Generation Corazon: Nationalism is Terrorism

Abhijit Naskar
“All power must be guided by a caring, humane hand, and not by pride or self-interest, be it artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, neurotechnology, or anything else.”
Abhijit Naskar, Generation Corazon: Nationalism is Terrorism

Abhijit Naskar
“The question of why behind every phenomenon in nature, does not have one answer, it has infinite layers of answer, and the more layers you unravel, the closer you get to understanding the makeup of the universe.”
Abhijit Naskar, Hometown Human: To Live for Soil and Society

Abhijit Naskar
“Science and Religion (The Sonnet)

Science and Religion have no feud,
Both are expressions of naturalism.
The real feud has been between,
Intellectualism and fundamentalism.
Facts help us take the world forward,
Reason helps us treat primitiveness.
But facts and reason alone won't do,
Without warmth all matter is lifeless.
Of course there are flaws in religion,
In science too there's greed and bigotry.
If in religion we have extremist nuts,
We also have plenty of scientific bully.
Instead of picking on each other's mistake,
Let us be human across intellect and faith.”
Abhijit Naskar, Girl Over God: The Novel

Abhijit Naskar
“It is far better to be an insane lover, than to be a heartless discoverer.”
Abhijit Naskar, Gente Mente Adelante: Prejudice Conquered is World Conquered

Bertrand Russell
“The value of philosophy is, in fact, to be sought largely in its very uncertainty. The man who has no tincture of philosophy goes through life imprisoned in the prejudices derived from common sense, from the habitual beliefs of his age or his nation, and from convictions which have grown up in his mind without the co-operation or consent of his deliberate reason. To such a man the world tends to become definite, finite, obvious; common objects rouse no questions, and unfamiliar possibilities are contemptuously rejected. As soon as we begin to philosophize, on the contrary, we find, as we saw in our opening chapters, that even the most everyday things lead to problems to which only very incomplete answers can be given. Philosophy, though unable to tell us with certainty what is the true answer to the doubts which it raises, is able to suggest many possibilities which enlarge our thoughts and free them from the tyranny of custom. Thus, while diminishing our feeling of certainty as to what things are, it greatly increases our knowledge as to what they may be; it removes the somewhat arrogant dogmatism of those who have never travelled into the region of liberating doubt, and it keeps alive our sense of wonder by showing familiar things in an unfamiliar aspect.”
Bertrand Russell, The Problems of Philosophy

“Visiting is not an easy practice; it demands the ability to find others actively interesting, even or especially others most people already claim to know all too completely, to ask questions that one's interlocutors truly find interesting, to cultivate the wild virtue of curiosity, to retune one's ability to sense and respond--and to do all this politely!”
Donna Haraway, "Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene"

“The assumption that in the future there would be many incidents of fear that will make the world uneasy to live in, calls for quick intervention measures. Borne out of the curiosity to bring out measures to address this new reality, the advocacy for fearism or fearology as a new philosophy that is not limited to a particular aspect of reality becomes imperative by some philosophers of fear. This informs why this book uses the concept of fear to mirror the envisioned superman society with the aim to manage any fear that might come as the result of the implementations of the transhuman scheme. (Page 63 of the book, “Transhuman World and Its Fears” by Michael Eneyo).”
Michael Eneyo

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