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Nature: The Final Arbiter

Quotes I like[edit]

In the dimension of describing and explaining the world, science is the measure of all things, of what is that it is, and of what is not that it is not.
Wilfrid Sellars, Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind
Man is always inclined to regard the small circle in which he lives as the centre of the world and to make his particular, private life the standard of the universe. But he must give up this vain pretence, this petty provincial way of thinking and judging.
Ernst Cassirer
The empirical basis of objective science has thus nothing ‘absolute’ about it. Science does not rest upon solid bedrock. The bold structure of its theories rises, as it were, above a swamp. It is like a building erected on piles. The piles are driven down from above into the swamp, but not down to any natural or ‘given’ base; and if we stop driving the piles deeper, it is not because we have reached firm ground. We simply stop, when we are satisfied that the piles are firm enough to carry the structure, at least for the time being.
Karl R. Popper, The Logic of Scientific Discovery (1934)
Innocence is a kind of insanity. Innocence always calls mutely for protection when we would be so much wiser to guard ourselves against it: innocence is like a dumb leper who has lost his bell, wandering the world, meaning no harm.
The Quiet American, Graham Greene

Things I'd like to contribute to[edit]

  • Methodological naturalism
  • Philosophical naturalism
  • Rationality
  • Intelligence