„If you torture the data enough, nature will always confess.“
Coase states that he said this in a talk at the University of Virginia in the early 1960s and that this saying, "in a somewhat altered form, has taken its place in the statistical literature."
Alternative: "If you torture the data long enough, it will confess."
Cited in: Gordon Tullock, "A Comment on Daniel Klein's 'A Plea to Economists Who Favor Liberty'", Eastern Economic Journal, Spring 2001.
1960s-1980s, "How should economists choose?" (1981)
Quelle: Essays on Economics and Economists
„The fact must be expressed as data, but there is a problem in that the correct data is difficult to catch. So that I always say "When you see the data, doubt it!" "When you see the measurement instrument, doubt it!… For example, if the methods such as sampling, measurement, testing and chemical analysis methods were incorrect, data… to measure true characteristics and in an unavoidable case, using statistical sensory test and express them as data.“
— Kaoru Ishikawa Japanese business theorist 1915 - 1989
Kaoru Ishikawa in: Annual Quality Congress Transactions, (1981), p. 130
— Jeff Hawkins American entrepreneur and neuroscientist; founder of Palm Computing 1957
The New York Times: Jeff Hawkins Develops a Brainy Big Data Company https://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/28/jeff-hawkins-develops-a-brainy-big-data-company/ (28 November 2012)
— Robert A. Heinlein, buch Farmer in the Sky
Quelle: Farmer in the Sky (1950), Chapter 18, “Pioneer Party” (pp. 193-194)
„Nature is richer than I represent it... Nature is so beautiful that when I am not tortured by poverty I am tortured by her splendor. How fortunate we are to be able to see and admire the glories of the sky and earth; if only I could be content just to admire them. But there is always the torment of struggling to reproduce them, the impossibility of creating anything within the narrow limits of painting.“
— Eugène Boudin French painter 1824 - 1898
Quote from Boudin's Journal, March 1854; as cited in Eugène Boudin, G. Jean-Aubrey & Robert Schmit, Greenwich, New York graphic society, 1968, p. 24
1850s - 1870s
— Kim Stanley Robinson, buch Green Mars
Quelle: Green Mars (1993), Chapter 8, “Social Engineering” (p. 410)
— John Rogers Searle American philosopher 1932
The Storm Over the University (December 6, 1990)
— Eugene V. Debs American labor and political leader 1855 - 1926
The Issue (1908)
Kontext: Competition was natural enough at one time, but do you think you are competing today? Many of you think you are. Against whom? Against Rockefeller? About as I would if I had a wheelbarrow and competed with the Santa Fe from here to Kansas City.
„When the theory performs well you also think, “Are there parallel results in naturally occurring field data?” You look for coherence across different data sets because theories are not specific to particular data sources. Such extensions are important because theories often make specific assumptions about information and institutions which can be controlled in the laboratory, but which may not accurately represent field data generating situations. Testing theories on the domain of their assumptions is sterile unless it is part of a research program concerned with extending the domain of applications of theory to field environments“
— Vernon L. Smith American economist 1927
Quelle: "Theory, experiment and economics," 1989, p. 151.
— Arthur Schopenhauer, The Christian System
"The Christian System" in Religion: A Dialogue, and Other Essays (1910) as translated by Thomas Bailey Saunders, p. 106
Kontext: The bad thing about all religions is that, instead of being able to confess their allegorical nature, they have to conceal it; accordingly, they parade their doctrines in all seriousness as true sensu proprio, and as absurdities form an essential part of these doctrines we have the great mischief of a continual fraud. Nay, what is worse, the day arrives when they are no longer true sensu proprio, and then there is an end of them; so that, in that respect, it would be better to admit their allegorical nature at once. But the difficulty is to teach the multitude that something can be both true and untrue at the same time. Since all religions are in a greater or less degree of this nature, we must recognise the fact that mankind cannot get on without a certain amount of absurdity, that absurdity is an element in its existence, and illusion indispensable; as indeed other aspects of life testify.
— Leonard Mlodinow, buch The Drunkard's Walk
Quelle: The Drunkard's Walk, Chapter 9, Illusions Of Pattens And Patterns Of Illusions, p. 170-171
— Vincent Van Gogh Dutch post-Impressionist painter (1853-1890) 1853 - 1890
— Kenneth Arrow American economist 1921 - 2017
Quelle: 1950s-1960s, Social Choice and Individual Values (1951), p. 7
— Steve Maraboli 1975
Quelle: Life, the Truth, and Being Free (2010), p. 116
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
The trial of Charles B. Reynolds for blasphemy (1887)
Kontext: I want you to understand what has been done in the world to force men to think alike. It seems to me that if there is some infinite being who wants us to think alike he would have made us alike. Why did he not do so? Why did he make your brain so that you could not by any possibility be a Methodist? Why did he make yours so that you could not be a Catholic? And why did he make the brain of another so that he is an unbeliever — why the brain of another so that he became a Mohammedan — if he wanted us all to believe alike?
After all, maybe Nature is good enough and grand enough and broad enough to give us the diversity born of liberty. Maybe, after all, it would not be best for us all to be just the same. What a stupid world, if everybody said yes to everything that everybody else might say.
The most important thing in this world is liberty. More important than food or clothes — more important than gold or houses or lands — more important than art or science — more important than all religions, is the liberty of man.
— John Moffat, buch Reinventing Gravity
Quelle: Reinventing Gravity (2008), Chapter 9, Other Alternative Gravity Theories, p. 143
— William Gibson American-Canadian speculative fiction novelist and founder of the cyberpunk subgenre 1948
No Maps for These Territories (2000)
— Arthur Conan Doyle, buch The Adventure of the Copper Beeches
Quelle: The Adventure of the Copper Beeches