— Lois McMaster Bujold, The Curse of Chalion
Quelle: The Curse of Chalion
Faraday Lecture, the Royal Institution, London (1889) as quoted by Leon Gray, The Basics of the Periodic Table (2013)
— Lois McMaster Bujold, The Curse of Chalion
Quelle: The Curse of Chalion
„We must not forget that when radium was discovered no one knew that it would prove useful in hospitals. The work was one of pure science. And this is a proof that scientific work must not be considered from the point of view of the direct usefulness of it. It must be done for itself, for the beauty of science, and then there is always the chance that a scientific discovery may become like the radium a benefit for humanity.“
— Marie Curie French-Polish physicist and chemist 1867 - 1934
Lecture at Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York (14 May 1921)
— Eugéne Ionesco Romanian playwright 1909 - 1994
"A Reply to Kenneth Tynan: The Playwright's Role" in The Observer (29 June 1958)
Kontext: I believe that what separates us all from one another is simply society itself, or, if you like, politics. This is what raises barriers between men, this is what creates misunderstanding.
If I may be allowed to express myself paradoxically, I should say that the truest society, the authentic human community, is extra-social — a wider, deeper society, that which is revealed by our common anxieties, our desires, our secret nostalgias. The whole history of the world has been governed by nostalgias and anxieties, which political action does no more than reflect and interpret, very imperfectly. No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa.
— Lin Carter, buch The Wizard of Zao
Quelle: The Wizard of Zao (1978), Chapter 4 (p. 53)
— Edward Bernays American public relations consultant, marketing pioneer 1891 - 1995
Quelle: Crystallizing Public Opinion (1923), p. 212
„We often speak of Theosophy as not in itself a religion, but the truth which lies behind all religions alike. That is so; yet, from another point of view, we may surely say that it is at once a philosophy, a religion and a science.“
— Charles Webster Leadbeater English theosophist 1854 - 1934
A Textbook of Theosophy (1912), Chapter One
„Evolution throws a wonderful light on all the struggles, eccentricities, tortuous developments of the human conscience in the past. It is the only theory of morals that does. And evolution throws just as much light on the ethical and social struggle today; and it is the only theory that does. What a strange age ours is from the religious point of view! What a hopeless age from the philosopher's point of view! Yet it is a very good age, the best that ever was. No evolutionist is a pessimist.“
— Joseph McCabe British writer 1867 - 1955
The Human Origin of Morals http://www.positiveatheism.org/hist/mccabe02.htm (1926), p. 59.
— Arthur C. Clarke, buch The Light of Other Days
Quelle: The Light of Other Days (2000), Chapter 5
„In Spinoza, at the origin of the Modern world, metaphysical theory and the theory of science are given in complete agreement for the first time. They represent the alternative to the entire subsequent path of metaphysics and of the bourgeois theory of science. Spinoza lives as an alternative: Today this alternative is real. The Spinozian analytic of full space and open time are becoming an ethics of liberation in all the dimensions that this discourse constructs and makes available.“
— Baruch Spinoza Dutch philosopher 1632 - 1677
Selected works, The Savage Anomaly: The Power of Spinoza's Metaphysics and Politics (1991)
„On questions of taste there is notoriously the widest divergence of opinion./…/ if, from a survival point of view, one taste be as good as another, it is not the varieties in taste which should cause surprise so much as the uniformities. To be sure, the uniformities have often no deep aesthetic roots. They represent /…/ tendencies to agreement, which govern our social ritual, and thereby make social life possible.“
— Arthur James Balfour British Conservative politician and statesman 1848 - 1930
Theism and humanism
— Pierre Duhem French physicist, historian of science 1861 - 1916
Notice sur les Titres et Travaux scientifiques de Pierre Duhem rédigée par lui-même lors de sa candidature à l'Académie des sciences (mai 1913), The Aim and Structure of Physical Theory (1906)
— Ivars Peterson Canadian mathematician 1948
Quelle: The Mathematical Tourist: New and Updated Snapshots of Modern Mathematics (1998), Chapter 1, “Explorations” (p. 10)
— Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva Brazilian politician, 35th president of Brazil 1945
"Brazil to break Aids drug patent" http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6626073.stm, BBC News, 4 May 2007
„The Bolsheviks themselves will not want, with hand on heart, to deny that, step by step, they have to feel out the ground, try out, experiment, test now one way now another, and that a good many of their measures do not represent priceless pearls of wisdom. Thus it must and will be with all of us when we get to the same point–even if the same difficult circumstances may not prevail everywhere.“
— Rosa Luxemburg Polish Marxist theorist, socialist philosopher, and revolutionary 1871 - 1919
Quelle: The Russian Revolution (1918), Chapter Six, "The Problem of Dictatorship"
„This book an attempt will be made to outline the principles of cybernetics and relate them to what we know of behaviour, both from the point of view of experimental psychology and also from the point of view of neurophysiology.“
— Frank Honywill George British psychologist 1921 - 1997
Quelle: The Brain As A Computer (1962), p.1
— Paul Dirac theoretical physicist 1902 - 1984
"The Evolution of the Physicist's Picture of Nature," Scientific American (May, 1963)
„With the hubris common to physicists, I have always felt that I have known what good science is — it is theory cast in terms of mechanisms that describe how parts of the universe behave. With sometimes immense historical delay, these mechanisms always move towards being grounded in the larger mechanistic view of the universe. Theories always propose a view of how the universe is. They can never be effectively argued to be true, but only be brought before the bar of empirical evidence. All the modern concern for contextualism, hermeneutics and the social determination of meaning has its point, but is a mere footnote to the massive evidence for this view of science. The overwhelming success within this framework of modern biology over the last half century has provided another major confirmation, if one is needed. Someday we will get another striking confirmation from cognitive science. Though it can be argued that we are well on our way, we still have an immense distance to go. Arguments are no match for the evidence that cognitive science does not control its subject the way physics, chemistry and now biology do.“
— Allen Newell American cognitive scientist 1927 - 1992
Draft of an introduction to the Mind Matters Symposium http://diva.library.cmu.edu/Newell/mindmatters.html, 26 May 1992, Carnegie Mellon University Archives http://diva.library.cmu.edu/Newell/biography.html
— William James, Is Life Worth Living?
"Is Life Worth Living?"
1890s, The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy (1897)
— Freda Adler Criminologist, educator 1934
Quelle: Sisters in Crime: The Rise of the New Female Criminal (1975), P. 31.
— Viktor E. Frankl Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, and Holocaust survivor 1905 - 1997