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This is where I’ll put my dabblings in Textpattern.

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"Without some kind of God, man is not even very interesting." T. S. Elliot "All models are wrong, but some are useful". - George E. P. Box "All science is either physics or stamp collecting." - Ernest Rutherford "Computer Science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes." - Edsger Dijkstra "Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience." - Albert Einstein "Fortunately science, like that nature to which it belongs, is neither limited by time nor by space. It belongs to the world, and is of no country and of no age. The more we know, the more we feel our ignorance; the more we feel how much remains unknown; and in philosophy, the sentiment of the Macedonian hero can never apply,- there are always new worlds to conquer." - Humphry Davy|Sir Humphry Davy "Great theories are expansive; failures mire us in dogmatism and tunnel vision." - Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002), "Eight Little Piggies", More Light on Leaves (1993) "In the space of one hundred and seventy-six years the Mississippi has shortened itself two hundred and forty-two miles. Therefore ... in the Old Silurian Period the Mississippi River was upward of one million three hundred thousand miles long ... seven hundred and forty-two years from now the Mississippi will be only a mile and three-quarters long. ... There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesome returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment of fact." - Mark Twain "Irrationally held truths may be more harmful than reasoned errors." - Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), Friday evening discourse at the Royal Institution 1880, "On the Coming of Age of the Origin of Species" (Collected Essays, vol. 2, p. 227) "...one of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought." - Albert Einstein "Results rarely specify their causes unambiguously. If we have no direct evidence of fossils or human chronicles, if we are forced to infer a process only from its modern results, then we are usually stymied or reduced to speculation about probabilities. For many roads lead to almost any Rome." - Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002), "The Panda's Thumb", Senseless Signs of History (1980) "Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it." - Albert Einstein "Science is all metaphor." -Timothy Leary "Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition." - Adam Smith "Science is the power of Man." - Ikari Gendo, Neon Genesis Evangelion "Science is what we understand well enough to explain to a computer. Art is everything else we do." - Donald Knuth "Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world." - Louis Pasteur "Science may be described as the art of systematic oversimplification." - Karl Popper "Scientific thought is the common heritage of mankind." - Abdus Salam "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed." - Albert Einstein "The story of a theory's failure often strikes readers as sad and unsatisfying. Since science thrives on self-correction, we who practice this most challenging of human arts do not share such a feeling. We may be unhappy if a favored hypothesis loses or chagrined if theories that we proposed prove inadequate. But refutation almost always contains positive lessons that overwhelm disappointment, even when ... no new and comprehensive theory has yet filled the void." - Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002), "Bully for Brontosaurus", The Face of Miranda (1991) "The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking." - Albert Einstein "There must be no barriers for freedom of inquiry. There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free, and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any errors." - Robert Oppenheimer "To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge." - Copernicus "Who are we? The answer to this question is not only one of the tasks but ''the'' task of science." -Erwin Schrodinger, ''Science and Humanism'', 1953 "It may be true, that as Francis Thompson noted, 'Thou canst not stir a flower without troubling a star', but in computing the motion of stars and planets, the effects of flowers do not loom large. It is the disregarding of the effect of flowers on stars that allows progress in astronomy. Appropriate abstraction is critical to progress in science." - Herman Shugart, in: Smith, Shugart and Woodward, eds, 1997. ''Plant Functional Types'', p 20. Cambridge University Press. "Physics is like sex: Sure, it may have practical results, but that is not the reason we do it." - Richard Feynman "The most important discoveries will provide answers to questions that we do not yet know how to ask and will concern objects we have not yet imagined." - John N. Bahcall, answering a question on the Hubble Space Telescope's capabilities "Science is always wrong. It never solves a problem without creating ten more." - George Bernard Shaw "We've discovered the secret of life." - Francis Crick, 28 February 1953 What is a scientist after all? It is a curious person looking through a keyhole, the keyhole of nature, trying to know what's going on. ~ Jacques-Yves Cousteau "All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree." - Albert Einstein "The antagonism between science and religion, about which we hear so much, appears to me purely factitious, fabricated on the one hand by short-sighted religious people, who confound ... theology with religion; and on the other by equally short-sighted scientific people who forget that science takes for its province only that which is susceptible of clear intellectual comprehension." - Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), "The Interpreters of Genesis and the Interpreters of Nature" (1885) "The Christian church, in its attitude toward science, shows the mind of a more or less enlightened man of the Thirteenth Century. It no longer believes that the earth is flat, but it is still convinced that prayer can cure after medicine fails." - H. L. Mencken "A contradiction (between science and religion) is out of the question. What follows from science are, again and again, clear indications of God's activity which can be so strongly perceived that Kepler dared to say (for us it seems daring, not for him) that he could 'almost touch God with his hand in the Universe.'" - Walter Heitler "The deepest intelligence of philosophy and science are inseparable from a religious view of the world." - Rudjer Boskovic "The difference between myth and science is the difference between divine inspiration of 'unaided reason' on the one hand and theories developed in observational contact with the real world on the other. It is the difference between the belief in prophets and critical thinking, between Credo quia absurdum I believe because it is absurd—Tertullian. and De omnibus est dubitandum Everything should be questioned—Descartes.. To try to write a grand cosmical drama leads necessarily to myth. To try to let knowledge substitute ignorance in increasingly large regions of space and time is science." - Hannes Alfven|H. Alfvén "The discovery of natural law is a meeting with God." - F. Dessauer "I am a Christian which means that I believe in the deity of Christ, like Tycho de Brahe, Copernicus, Descartes, Newton, Leibnitz, Pascal... like all great astronomers mathematicians of the past." - Augustin Louis Cauchy "I see no good reasons why the views given in this volume should shock the religious sensibilities of anyone." - Charles Darwin, ''The Origin Of Species'', 1869 "I stand before you as somebody who is both physicist and a priest, and I want to hold together my scientific and my religious insights and experiences. I want to hold them together, as far as I am able, without dishonesty and without compartmentalism. I don't want to be a priest on Sunday and a physicist on Monday; I want to be both on both days." - John Polkinghorne|John Polkinghorne "It was, of course, a lie what you read about my religious convictions, a lie which is being systematically repeated. I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly. If something is in me which can be called religious then it is the unbounded admiration for the structure of the world so far as our science can reveal it." - Albert Einstein "Matter and mind are not separate, they are aspects of one energy. Look at the mind as a function of matter and you have science; look at matter as the product of the mind and you have religion." - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj "The more we know of things, the more we know of God." - Baruch Spinoza "One of the greatest gifts science has brought to the world is continuing elimination of the supernatural, and it was a lesson that my father passed on to me, that knowledge liberates mankind from superstition. We can live our lives without the constant fear that we have offended this or that deity who must be placated by incantation or sacrifice, or that we are at the mercy of devils or the Fates. With increasing knowledge, the intellectual darkness that surrounds us is illuminated and we learn more of the beauty and wonder of the natural world." - James D. Watson, 2005, "Darwin: The Indelible Stamp: The Evolution of an Idea." Introduction to Charles Darwin's four major books, collected in one volume by Running Press. "The order, the symmetry, the harmony enchant us...God is pure order. He is the originator of universal harmony." - Gottfried Leibniz "Overwhelming evidences of an intelligence and benevolent intention surround us, show us the whole of nature through the work of a free will and teach us that all alive beings depend on an eternal creator-ruler." - Lord Kelvin Poll: Majority of Americans Reject Evolution, Accept "The Flintstones." -http://www.ironictimes.com "Science has never sought to ally herself with civil power. She has never subjected anyone to mental torment, physical torment, least of all death, for the purpose of promoting her ideas." - John W. Draper "Science seems to me to teach in the highest and strongest manner the great truth which is embodied in the Christian conception of entire surrender to the will of God. Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing. I have only begun to learn content and peace of mind since I have resolved at all risks to do this." - Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), letter to Charles Kingsley (23 September 1860) "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." - Albert Einstein "The Scientific Revolution turns us away from the older sayings to discover the lost authorization in Nature. What we have been through in these last four millennia is the slow inexorable profaning of our species. And in the last part of the second millenium A.D., that process is apparently becoming complete. It is the Great Human Irony of our noblest and greatest endeavor on this planet that in the quest for authorization, in our reading of the language of God in Nature, we should read there so clearly that we have been so mistaken." - Julian Jaynes, ''The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind'', 1976 "The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it, and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful it would not be worth knowing, and life would not be worth living. I am not speaking, of course, of the beauty which strikes the senses, of the beauty of qualities and appearances. I am far from despising this, but it has nothing to do with science. What I mean is that more intimate beauty which comes from the harmonious order of its parts, and which a pure intelligence can grasp." - Henri Poincaré "Since religion intrinsically rejects empirical methods, there should never be any attempt to reconcile scientific theories with religion. An infinitely old universe, always evolving may not be compatible with the Book of Genesis. However, religions such as Buddhism get along without having any explicit creation mythology and are in no way contradicted by a universe without a beginning or end. Creatio ex nihilo, even as religious doctrine, only dates to around AD 200. The key is not to confuse myth and empirical results, or religion and science." - Hannes Alfven|H. Alfvén "Start by eliminating the possibility of empty models by praying that Heaven will no longer put this invention of the Devil in our way. To do this, we add a constant c to our language, ..." -- Proof of the compactness theorem by Henkin's method in page 52 of Poizat: A course in model theory. "The wonderful arrangement and harmony of the cosmos would only originate in the plan of an almighty omniscient being. This is and remains my greatest comprehension." - Isaac Newton "Those to whom God has imparted religion by intuition are very fortunate and justly convinced. But to those who do not have it, we can give it only by reasoning, waiting for God to give them spiritual insight..." - Blaise Pascal "Through steady observation and a meaningful contact with the divined order of the world's structure, arranged by God's wisdom, - who would not be guided to admire the Builder who creates all!" - Copernicus "We may conclude that from what science teaches us, there is in nature an order independent of man's existence, a meaningful order to which nature and man are subordinate. Both Religion and science require faith in God. For believers, God is in the beginning, and for physicists He is at the end of all considerations....." - Max Planck "Where there is the necessary technical skill to move mountains, there is no need for the faith that moves mountains." -Eric Hoffer "I didn't arrive at my understanding of the fundamental laws of the universe through my rational mind" - Albert Einstein "I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy." - Richard Feynman "I believe there is no philosophical high-road in science, with epistemological signposts. No, we are in a jungle and find our way by trial and error, building our road behind us as we proceed." -Max Born "I never worry about the future. It comes soon enough." - Albert Einstein "Nothing in this world is to be feared... only understood." - Marie Curie "Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future" - Niels Bohr "Since the mathematicians have invaded the theory of relativity, I do not understand it myself anymore." - Albert Einstein "Today's scientists have substituted mathematics for experiments, and they wander off through equation after equation, and eventually build a structure which has no relation to reality." - Nikola Tesla "You should never bet against anything in science at odds of more than about 10 to the 12 to 1 against." - Ernest Rutherford "Both social and biosocial factors are necessary to interpret crosscultural studies, with the general proviso that one's research interest determines which elements, in what combinations, are significant for the provision of understanding." -Gilbert Herdt, "''Bisexuality and the Causes of Homosexuality: The Case of the Sambia''" "Can science ever be immune from experiments conceived out of prejudices and stereotypes, conscious or not? (Which is not to suggest that it cannot in discrete areas identify and locate verifiable phenemonena in nature.) I await the study that says lesbians have a region of the hypothalamus that resembles straight men and I would not be surprised if, at this very moment, some scientist somewhere is studying brains of deceased Asians to see if they have an enlarged "math region" of the brain." -Kay Diaz, ''Z'', Dec 1992 "Physphonificate"- The aplication of physics. Dom DeProspero 1/05 "The fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown." -Carl Sagan "The general root of superstition is that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss, and commit to memory the one, and pass over the other." -Sir Francis Bacon "It's not exactly rocket science" -Anonymous (said about something easy or self-explanatory) "A scientist is happy, not in resting on his attainments but in the steady acquisition of fresh knowledge." -Max Planck "Scientists are supposed to live in ivory towers. Their darkrooms and their vibration-proof benches are supposed to isolate their activities from the disturbances of common life. What they tell us is supposed to be for the ages, not for the next election. But the reality may be otherwise." -Simon LeVay, ''Queer Science'' "Tell a man that there are 300 billion stars in the universe, and he'll believe you.... Tell him that a bench has wet paint upon it and he'll have to touch it to be sure." -Raimond Verwei (also credited to Albert Einstein) "We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces." -Carl Sagan This political movement has patently demonstrated that it will not defend the integrity of science in any case in which science runs afoul of its core political constituencies. In so doing, it has ceded any right to govern a technologically advanced and sophisticated nation. Chris Mooney, ''The Republican War on Science'', "Epilogue"; about the "religious Right's" challenges to science "(Upon hear that Liberty University had dinosaur bones in its public showroom, and was claiming them to be between 3000-4500 years old) That is an absolute disgrace to education, and I strongly advise any Liberty students here now, to leave Liberty University, and enroll in a proper University" - Richard Dawkins "I think that a particle must have a separate reality independent of the measurements. That is an electron has spin, location and so forth even when it is not being measured. I like to think that the moon is there even if I am not looking at it." - Albert Einstein "It doesn't matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn't matter how smart you are. If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong" - Richard Feynman "That Professor Goddard with his 'chair' in Clark College and the countenancing of the Smithsonian Institution does not know the relation of action to reaction, and of the need to have something better than a vacuum against which to react--to say that would be absurd. Of course, he only seems to lack the knowledge ladled out daily in high schools." - ''1921 New York Times editorial about Robert Goddard's rocket work. The remark was retracted in the July 17, 1969 issue''. "The science of Psychiatry is now where the science of Medicine was before germs were discovered." - Malcolm Rogers "There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will." - Albert Einstein, 1932 "There will never be a bigger plane built." - ''A Boeing engineer, after the first flight of the 247, a twin engine plane that holds ten people'' "Obviously something is wrong with the entire argument of 'obviousness'." - Paul Lazarsfeld, 1949, about the interpretation of results in social science as obvious. (The American Soldier-An Expository Review, Public Opinion Quarterly, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 377-404: p 380)