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See if you can guess who said it. - Jul 14, 2006 at 4:25PM
Dave Avatar
Dave
San Marcos, Texas
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I put this in this forum because it seemed the most appropriate place.  In the course of my reading I came across the following quote.  Eternal admiration to the person who can come up with the source.

"On the whole, scientific methods are at least as important as any other result of research:  for it is upon the insight into method that the scientific spirit depends:  and if these methods were lost, then all the results of science coulld not prevent a renewed triumph of superstition and nonsense.  Clever people may learn as much as they wish of the results of science - still one will always notice in their conversation, and especially in their hypotheses, that they lack the scientific spirit; they do not have that instinctive mistrust of the aberrations of thought which through long training are deeply rooted in the soul of every scientific person.  They are content to find any hypothesis at all concerning some matter; then they are all fire and flame for it and think that is enough.  To have an opinion means for them to fanaticize for it and thenceforth to press it to their hearts as a conviction.  If something is unexplained, they grow hot over the first notion that comes into their heads and looks like an explanation - which results progressively in the worst consequences, especially in the sphere of politics.  For that reason everyone should now study at least one science from the bottom up:  then he will know what method means and how important is the utmost circumspection..."

Dave


Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value -- Albert Einstein

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Re: See if you can guess who said it. - Jul 19 2006 3:09AM
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Lyle
Hilo, HI
109 Posts

Hello Dave,

The language gives clues:

"insight into method", "renewed triumph of superstition and nonsense", "scientific spirit", "aberrations of thought", "deeply rooted in the soul"

The offhand reference to a soul but focus on the scientific method is particularly telling I think and would suggest to me a writer of the beginning of the 20th century.

I would prefer to guess someone that wasn't directly a physicist.  Based on the output, I would guess Bertrand Russell since he mixed mathematics with philosophy.  Since this isn't likely, and if I had to pick from philosophizing physicists, I'd fall to Niels Bohr.

Am I headed in the right direction?

-Lyle



Re: Re: See if you can guess who said it. - Jul 19 2006 8:48AM
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Dave
San Marcos, Texas
354 Posts

Hi Lyle,

     Your first guess is closer than your second, but neither is correct.  Thanks for trying.

Dave


> Re: Re: See if you can guess who said it.
>
> Hello Dave,
>
> The language gives clues:
>
> "insight into
> method", "renewed triumph of superstition and nonsense",
> "scientific spirit", "aberrations of thought", "deeply
> rooted in the soul"
>
> The offhand reference to a soul
> but focus on the scientific method is particularly
> telling I think and would suggest to me a writer of
> the beginning of the 20th century.
>
> I would prefer
> to guess someone that wasn't directly a physicist.
>  Based on the output, I would guess Bertrand Russell
> since he mixed mathematics with philosophy.  Since
> this isn't likely, and if I had to pick from philosophizing
> physicists, I'd fall to Niels Bohr.
>
> Am I headed in
> the right direction?
>
> -Lyle


Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value -- Albert Einstein


Re: See if you can guess who said it. - Jul 28 2006 7:27PM
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Hardin Dunham
Texas
8 Posts

Nietzsche


Democracy is 3 wolves and a sheep voting on what's for dinner.


Re: Re: See if you can guess who said it. - Jul 29 2006 10:09AM
Dave Avatar
Dave
San Marcos, Texas
354 Posts

Very good.  The quote was from Kaufman's translation of "Human, All Too Human", which was originally published in 1878.  Interesting how relevant it still is today.  Nietzche was a pretty smart guy.

Dave


> Re: Re: See if you can guess who said it.
>
> Nietzsche


Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value -- Albert Einstein


Re: Re: Re: See if you can guess who said it. - Oct 23 2006 2:11PM
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Jennifer Nalley
Texas State San Ma...
20 Posts

Do Another Guess Who!

> Re: Re: Re: See if you can guess who said it.
>
> Very good.  The quote was from Kaufman's translation
> of "Human, All Too Human", which was originally published
> in 1878.  Interesting how relevant it still is today.
>  Nietzche was a pretty smart guy.
>
> Dave
>
>
> > Re: Re:
> See if you can guess who said it.
> >
> > Nietzsche


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Re: See if you can guess who said it. - Jul 25 2012 3:51PM
Wooster1
1 Posts

I realize that it has been a long, long time since you posted this, but I wonder if you're still around and still want to know the source on this. It is a Nietzsche quote, and can be found in The Portable Nietzsche. I think it comes from Nietzsche's book, Human, All Too Human, which he wrote when he was 34 years old. :) I just happened to have been including it in a letter to a friend today, and wanted to know which of his books it is from. Last night, I was flipping through A Portable Nietzsche, and it was in there. I just couldn't remember which of Nietzsche's books it is from, and another link on the net said Human, All Too Human, and that sounds right to me (I've read Human and some others).


Dissipation. The mother of dissipation is not joy but joylessness. --Nietzsche