Science Quotes

As long as skepticism is based on sound understanding of science, it is invaluable, for that is how science progresses

Thursday, October 13th, 2011
profile and shadows

Skeptics who continue to deride the global circulation models include Jack Hollander, emeritus professor of energy and resources at the University of California. In his most recent book, The Real Environmental crisis, Hollander opines that “computer simulations… do not provide an adequate basis for the catastrophic generalizations about future climate…

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There is no intelligence where there is no change and no need of change

Thursday, June 10th, 2010
antique time piece

It is a law of nature we overlook, that intellectual versatility is the compensation for change, danger, and trouble. An animal perfectly in harmony with its environment is a perfect mechanism. Nature never appeals to intelligence until…

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Science is the poetry of the intellect and poetry the science of the heart’s affections.

Saturday, February 27th, 2010
fossil

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Of Da Capo: “Gamblers and lovers really play to lose.”

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“Art like life is an open secret.”

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There is grandeur in this view of life… (that) from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been and are being evolved

Saturday, October 10th, 2009
mushrooms

It is interesting to contemplate a tangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these…

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The brain is personality’s whereabouts. It’s also a stern warden, and, at times, a self-tormentor.

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
cute socks

Imagine the brain, that shiny mound of being, that mouse-gray parliament of cells, that dream factory, that petite tyrant inside a ball of bone, that huddle of neurons calling all the plays, that little everywhere, that fickle…

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Few people realise the immensity of vacancy in which the dust of the material universe swims

Monday, September 21st, 2009
War of The Worlds

Looking through the telescope, one saw a circle of deep blue and the little round planet swimming in the field. It seemed such a little thing, so bright and small and still, faintly marked with transverse stripes, and slightly flattened

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It is mainly through seeing the world that we appraise and understand it.

Monday, August 3rd, 2009
puppy dog eyes

Though most of us don’t hunt, our eyes are still the great monopolists of our senses. To taste or touch your enemy or your food, you have to be unnervingly close to it. To smell or hear it, you can risk being further off.

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The imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man.

Saturday, August 1st, 2009
PIA10955

This universe has been described by many, but it just goes on, with its edge as unknown as the bottom of the bottomless sea of the other idea – just as mysterious, just as awe-inspiring, and just as incomplete as the poetic…

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Look at your feet. You are standing in the sky. When we think of the sky, we tend to look up, but the sky actually begins at the earth.

Sunday, July 26th, 2009
cloud in front of sun

We breathe it deep within us. With every breath, we inhale millions of molecules of sky, heat them briefly, and then exhale them back into the world. At this moment, you are breathing some of the same molecules once breathed by Leonardo da Vinci, William Shakespeare, Anne Bradstreet, or Colette. Inhale deeply. Think of The Tempest. Air works…

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All life is interconnected with all other life.

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
leaf

There is a part of chlorophyll, an important chemical in the oxygen processes in plants, that has a kind of square pattern; it is called a benzine ring. And far removed from the plants are animals…

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Knowledge rests not upon truth alone, but upon error also

Thursday, June 18th, 2009
maze on a beach

All too easily does self-criticism poison one’s naivete, that priceless possession, or rather gift which no creative man can be without. At any rate, philosophical criticism has helped me to see that every psychology – my own included…

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Mind is such an odd predicament for matter to get into.

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009
clouds

What is mind, that one can be out of one’s? How can a neuron feel compassion? What is self? Why did automatic, hand-me-down mammals like our ancestors somehow evolve brains with the ability to consider, imagine, project, compare, abstract, think of the future? If our experience of mind is really just the simmering of an easily alterable chemical stew…

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