„When it becomes merely an intellectual "position" confronting what is not empirically known or knowable, then it becomes very quickly absurd, and also grossly desensitizing and false.“

—  Wendell Berry, Life Is A Miracle : An Essay Against Modern Superstition (2000), Context: Reductionism (ultimately, the empirical explanability of everything and a cornerstone of science), has uses that are appropriate, and it also can be used inappropriately. It is appropriately used as a way (one way) of understanding what is empirically known or empirically knowable. When it becomes merely an intellectual "position" confronting what is not empirically known or knowable, then it becomes very quickly absurd, and also grossly desensitizing and false.
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„If God is not realized then everything becomes false.“

—  Ramakrishna Indian mystic and religious preacher 1836 - 1886
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„“So it’s false.”
“What isn’t?”
“Intellectual achievement. The exercise of skill. Human feeling.”“

—  Iain Banks, Culture series
Culture series, The Player of Games (1988), Chapter 1 “Culture Plate” (p. 5).

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„This book is a long conference of God, the angels, and Mahomet, which that false prophet very grossly invented; sometimes he introduceth God, who speaketh to him, and teacheth him his law, then an angel, among the prophets, and frequently maketh God to speak in the plural. … Thou wilt wonder that such absurdities have infected the best part of the world, and wilt avouch, that the knowledge of what is contained in this book, will render that law contemptible …“

—  John Adams 2nd President of the United States 1735 - 1826
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„There is nothing difficult about becoming a sage, and nothing false about transcending the world of appearances.“

—  Li Zhi (philosopher) Chinese philosopher 1527 - 1602
[Saussy, Haun, Lee, Pauline, Handler-Spitz, Rivi, A Book to Burn and a Book to Keep (Hidden): Selected Writings, 2016, Columbia University Press, 0231541538, https://books.google.com/books?id=4Xm0CwAAQBAJ, Prefaces, 4]

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„Jazz is the false liquidation of art — instead of utopia becoming reality it disappears from the picture.“

—  Theodor W. Adorno German sociologist, philosopher and musicologist known for his critical theory of society 1903 - 1969
Perennial fashion — Jazz, as quoted in The Sociology of Rock (1978) by Simon Frith

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„Does not, as fire dropped upon water is immediately extinguished and cooled, so, does not, I say, a false accusation, when brought in contact with a most pure and holy life, instantly fall and become extinguished?“

—  Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 v.Chr
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„I am not only convinced that what I say is false, but also that what one might say against it is false. Despite this, one must begin to talk about it. In such a case the truth lies not in the middle, but rather all around, like a sack, which, with each new opinion one stuffs into it, changes its form, and becomes more and more firm.“

—  Robert Musil Austrian writer 1880 - 1942
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„My readers understand now something of the nature of a false position.“

—  Alexander Bryan Johnson United States philosopher and banker 1786 - 1867
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