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"The high-minded man must care more for the truth than for what people think."
-- Aristotle

"Argumentation cannot suffice for the discovery of new work, since the subtlety of Nature is greater many times than the subtlety of argument."
-- Sir Francis Bacon

"All we can do is search for the falsity content in our best theory."
-- Karl Popper

"We ourselves are the entities to be analyzed."
-- Martin Heidegger

"It is morally as bad not to care whether a thing is true or not, so long as it makes you feel good, as it is not to care how you got your money as long as you have got it."
-- Edmund Way Teale

"Science is perhaps the only human activity in which errors are systematically criticized and, in time, corrected."
-- Karl Popper

"It is one thing to show a man he is in error, and another to put him in possession of the truth."
-- John Locke

"By skepticism . . . we arrive first at suspension of judgment, and second at freedom from disturbance."
-- Sextus Empiricus

Ockham's Razor: "Entities should not be posited unnecessarily."
-- William of Ockham

"The first step towards philosophy is incredulity."
-- Denis Diderot

"Truth is the cry of all, but the game of few."
-- George Berkley

"One unerring mark of the love of truth, is not entertaining any proposition with greater assurance than the proofs it is built upon will warrant"
-- John Locke

"I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them."
-- Benedict Spinoza

"Even if there is only one possible unified theory, it is just a set of rules and equations. What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the questions of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?"
-- Stephen W. Hawking

"Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes."
-- Karol Wojtyla (John Paul II, Pope)

"If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants."
-- Sir Isaac Newton

"...Einstein, twenty-six years old, only three years away from crude privation, still a patent examiner, published in the Annalen der Physik in 1905 five papers on entirely different subjects. Three of them were among the greatest in the history of physics. One, very simple, gave the quantum explanation of the photoelectric effect--it was this work for which, sixteen years later he was awarded the Nobel prize. Another dealt with the phenomenon of Brownian motion, the apparently erratic movement of tiny particles suspended in a liquid: Einstein showed that these movements satisfied a clear statistical law. This was like a conjuring trick, easy when explained: before it, decent scientists could still doubt the concrete existence of atoms and molecules: this paper was as near direct proof of their concreteness as a theoretician could give. The third paper was the special theory of relativity, which quietly amalgamated space, time and matter into one fundamental unity. This last paper contains no references and quotes no authority. All of them are written in a style unlike any other theoretical physicist's. They contain very little mathematics. There is a good deal of verbal commentary. The conclusions, the bizarre conclusions, emerge as though with the greatest of ease: the reasoning is unbreakable. It looks as though he had reached the conclusions by pure thought, unaided, without listening to the opinions of others. To a surprisingly large extent, that is precisely what he had done. It is pretty safe to say that, so long as physics lasts, no one will again hack out three major breakthroughs in one year."
-- C.P. Snow, Variety of Men, Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, U.K. 1969, pp 85-86.

"The process of scientific discovery is, in effect, a continual flight from wonder."
-- Albert Einstein

"Round about the accredited and orderly facts of every science there ever floats a sort of dust-cloud of exceptional observations, of occurrences minute and irregular and seldom met with, which it always proves more easy to ignore than to attend to... Anyone will renovate his science who will steadily look after the irregular phenomena, and when science is renewed, its new formulas often have more of the voice of the exceptions in them than of what were supposed to be the rules."
-- William James

"As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain, and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality. "
-- Albert Einstein

"Science is the century-old endeavour to bring together by means of systematic thought the perceptible phenomena of this world into as thorough-going an association as possible. To put it boldly, it is the attempt at a posterior reconstruction of existence by the process of conceptualization. Science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value judgements of all kinds remain necessary."
-- Karl Popper

"The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking."
-- Albert Einstein

"I believe that the extraordinary should be pursued. But extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
-- Carl Sagan

"Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought."
-- Albert Szent-Gyoergi

"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?"
-- Albert Einstein

"There is nothing particularly scientific about excessive caution. Science thrives on daring generalizations."
-- L. Hogben

"Where the world ceases to be the scene of our personal hopes and wishes, where we face it as free beings admiring, asking and observing, there we enter the realm of Art and Science."
-- Albert Einstein

"When Kepler found his long-cherished belief did not agree with the most precise observation, he accepted the uncomfortable fact. He preferred the hard truth to his dearest illusions, that is the heart of science."
-- Carl Sagan

"The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively not by the false appearance of things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice."
-- Schopenhauer

"They are ill discoverers that think there is no land when they see nothing but sea."
-- Francis Bacon

"Everyone takes the limits of his own vision for the limits of the world."
-- Schopenhauer

"When I examined myself and my methods of thought, I came to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge."
-- A. Einstein

"Advances are made by answering questions. Discoveries are made by questioning answers."
-- Bernhard Haisch, astrophysicist

"The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best -- and therefore never scrutinize or question."
-- Stephen Jay Gould

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!), but 'That's funny...'
-- Isaac Asimov


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