„Consider the fact that, in a few years, I shall be dead. This fact can seem depressing. But the reality is only this. After a certain time, none of the thoughts and experiences that occur will be directly causally related to this brain, or be connected in certain ways to these present experiences. That is all this fact involves. And, in that description, my death seems to disappear.“

—  Derek Parfit, buch Reasons and Persons

Quelle: Reasons and Persons (1984), p. 45

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Derek Parfit
britischer Philosoph 1942 - 2017

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„If certain facts present themselves with an alarming regularity“

—  Adolphe Quetelet Belgian astronomer, mathematician, statistician and sociologist 1796 - 1874

Preface of M. Quetelet
A Treatise on Man and the Development of His Faculties (1842)
Kontext: I have always comprehended with difficulty... how persons pre-occupied doubtless by ideas, have seen any tendency to materialism in exposition of a series of facts deduced from documents. In giving to my work the title of Physics, I have had no other aim than to collect, in uniform order, the phenomena affecting man, nearly as physical science brings together the phenomena appertaining to the material world. If certain facts present themselves with an alarming regularity, to whom is blame to be ascribed? Ought charges of materialism to be brought against him who points out that regularity?

Carson McCullers Foto
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Philip K. Dick Foto

„It would seem like the present. He has a broader present. But his present lies ahead, not back. Our present is related to the past. Only the past is certain, to us. To him, the future is certain.“

—  Philip K. Dick American author 1928 - 1982

The Golden Man (1954)
Kontext: "He can look ahead. See what's coming. He can — prethink. Let's call it that. He can see into the future. Probably he doesn't perceive it as the future."
"No," Anita said thoughtfully. "It would seem like the present. He has a broader present. But his present lies ahead, not back. Our present is related to the past. Only the past is certain, to us. To him, the future is certain. And he probably doesn't remember the past, any more than any animal remembers what happened."
"As he develops," Baines said, "as his race evolves, it'll probably expand its ability to prethink. Instead of ten minutes, thirty minutes. Then an hour. A day. A year. Eventually they'll be able to keep ahead a whole lifetime. Each one of them will live in a solid, unchanging world. There'll be no variables, no uncertainty. No motion! They won't have anything to fear. Their world will be perfectly static, a solid block of matter."
"And when death comes," Anita said, "they'll accept it. There won't be any struggle; to them, it'll already have happened."

Paz de la Huerta Foto

„I love the fact that the present is the only real reality we have.“

—  Paz de la Huerta American actress 1984

Blackbookmag interview http://www.blackbookmag.com/movies/paz-de-la-huerta-bares-all-1.28620

Simone Weil Foto

„No combination of circumstances ever cancels this obligation. If there are circumstances which seem to cancel it as regards a certain man or category of men, they impose it in fact all the more imperatively.“

—  Simone Weil French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist 1909 - 1943

Draft for a Statement of Human Obligation (1943)
Kontext: Anyone whose attention and love are really directed towards the reality outside the world recognizes at the same time that he is bound, both in public and private life, by the single and permanent obligation to remedy, according to his responsibilities and to the extent of his power, all the privations of soul and body which are liable to destroy or damage the earthly life of any human being whatsoever.
This obligation cannot legitimately be held to be limited by the insufficiency of power or the nature of the responsibilities until everything possible has been done to explain the necessity of the limitation to those who will suffer by it; the explanation must be completely truthful and must be such as to make it possible for them to acknowledge the necessity.
No combination of circumstances ever cancels this obligation. If there are circumstances which seem to cancel it as regards a certain man or category of men, they impose it in fact all the more imperatively.
The thought of this obligation is present to all men, but in very different forms and in very varying degrees of clarity. Some men are more and some are less inclined to accept — or to refuse — it as their rule of conduct.

„My interest is in experience that is wordless and silent, and in the fact that this experience can be expressed for me in art work which is also wordless and silent.“

—  Agnes Martin American artist 1912 - 2004

In 'On a Clear Day', 1973; as quoted by Julie Warchol on website Smith College Museum of Art https://www.smith.edu/artmuseum/Collections/Cunningham-Center/Blog-paper-people/Agnes-Martin-On-a-Clear-Day,
1970's

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Aldous Huxley Foto

„Out psychological experiences are all equally facts.“

—  Aldous Huxley English writer 1894 - 1963

“One and Many,” p. 5
Do What You Will (1928)

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Jane Roberts Foto
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Ralph Waldo Emerson Foto

„There is always a certain meanness in the argument of conservatism, joined with a certain superiority in its fact.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

The Conservative http://www.rwe.org/the-conservative/ (1842)

Valentino Braitenberg Foto

„[The final chapter of the book] sketch a few facts about animal brains that have inspired some of the properties of our vehicles, and their behavior will then seem less gratuitous than it may have seemed up to this poin. t“

—  Valentino Braitenberg Italian-Austrian neuroscientist 1926 - 2011

Quelle: Vehicles: Experiments in Synthetic Psychology (1984), p. 95 as cited in: Michael R. W. Dawson (2008) Minds and Machines: Connectionism and Psychological Modeling. p. 88

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Bernie Sanders Foto

„Absolutely, in fact, climate change is directly related to the growth of terrorism.“

—  Bernie Sanders American politician, senator for Vermont 1941

Democratic debate on CBS News, when Moderator John Dickerson asked if Sanders believed climate change was the greatest threat to national security http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/cnsnewscom-staff/bernie-sanders-climate-change-greatest-security-threat-and-directly (14 November 2015)
2010s, 2015

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„The struggle for power is universal in time and space and is an undeniable fact of experience.“

—  Hans Morgenthau, buch Politics Among Nations

Quelle: Politics Among Nations (1948), p. 29 (1978 edition).
Kontext: The struggle for power is universal in time and space and is an undeniable fact of experience. It cannot be denied that throughout historic time, regardless of social, economic and political conditions, states have met each other in contests for power. Even though anthropologists have shown that certain primitive peoples seem to be free from the desire for power, nobody has yet shown how their state of mind can be re-created on a worldwide scale so as to eliminate the struggle for power from the international scene. … International politics, like all politics, is a struggle for power. Whatever the ultimate aims of international politics, power is always the immediate aim.

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