A Quote by H. Jeffreys on controversy, facts, questions, and theory

There are some current 'theories' that, when divested of begged questions, reduce to the non-controversial statement, 'Here are some facts and there may be some relation between them.'

H. Jeffreys

Source: Theory of Probability, 1961, p.391

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A Quote by Gerald White Johnson on controversy, newspapers, and words

Speaking of the motto of the New York Times, "All the news that's fit to print:" It is hard to think of any group of seven words that have aroused more newspaper controversy.

Gerald White Johnson (1890 - 1980)

Source: An Honorable Titan, 1946

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A Quote by George Santayana on argument, controversy, justice, passion, and religion

Matters of religion should never be matters of controversy. We neither argue with a lover about his taste, nor condemn him, if we are just, for knowing so human a passion.

George Santayana (1863 - 1952)

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A Quote by Edmond Jabes on argument, birds, controversy, doubt, meaning, and words

How could an argument soothe or settle a controversy when every word is a nest for a bird of doubt? (meaning of words as inferences)

Edmond Jabes

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A Quote by Dean Acheson on acceptance and controversy

Controversial proposals, once accepted, soon become hallowed.

Dean Acheson (1893 - 1971)

Source: Speech, Independence, Missouri, 31 March 1962.

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A Quote by Daniel Dennett on abuse, anxiety, controversy, cosmology, culture, danger, defeat, ethics, force, ideas, improvement, politics, psychology, religion, revolution, struggle, thinking, traditions, and understanding

Much of the controversy and anxiety that has enveloped Darwin's idea ... can be understood as a series of campaigns in the struggle to contain Darwin's idea within some acceptably "safe" and merely partial revolution. Cede some or all of modern biology to Darwin, perhaps, but hold the line there! Keep Darwinian thinking out of cosmology, out of psychology, out of human culture, out of ethics, politics, and religion! In these campaigns, many battles have been won by the forces of containment: flawed applications of Darwin's idea have been exposed and discredited, beaten back by the champions of the pre-Darwinian tradition. But new waves of Darwinian thinking keep coming. They seem to be improved versions, not vulnerable to the refutations that defeated their predeccessors, but are they sound extensions of the unquestionably sound Darwinian core idea, or might they, too, be perversions of it, and even more virulent, more dangerous, than the abuses of Darwin already refuted?

Daniel Dennett (1942 -)

Source: Darwin's Dangerous Idea, London, Penguin, 1995, p 63

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A Quote by Cullen Hightower on controversy and people

There are people who can talk sensibly about a controversial issue; they're called humorists.

Cullen Hightower

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A Quote by Colin Powell on controversy, justice, needs, and speech

Free speech is intended to protect the controversial and even outrageous word; and not just comforting platitudes too mundane to need protection.

Colin Powell (1937 -)

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A Quote by Bertrand Arthur William Russell on change, controversy, ethics, progress, and science

Change is one thing, progress is another. "Change" is scientific, "progress" is ethical; change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy.

Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

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A Quote by Ambrose Gwinett Bierce on controversy, insincerity, and superiority

SOPHISTRY, n. The controversial method of an opponent, distinguished from one's own by superior insincerity and fooling.

Ambrose Bierce (1842 - 1914)

Source: The Devil's Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce

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