A Quote by Joao Magueijo on physics, cosmology, self-esteem, science, vision, and courage

My diary entries during this period constantly refer to the importance of learning how to take criticism. If you shut yourself in your own little world, that will be the death of your theory. On the other hand, many of the criticisms you receive are pointless and simply reflect the view that anything new is bad. In such a delicate situation it is crucial to tread gingerly and be careful to appreciate the difference between pertinent and idiotic comments.

Joao Magueijo

Source: Faster Than the Speed of Light: The Story of a Scientific Speculation, Pages: 197

Contributed by: Laurie

A Quote by Joao Magueijo on nature, science, physics, cosmology, and insight

Becoming a real researcher has been the ultimate humbling experience for me. Nature is the examiner from hell; if you find new things at all, you always find them the hard way, with sweat and tears. Only then do you notice that there was a really easy way to find them. But this insight rarely arrives before you have been utterly humiliated and reduced to despair.

Joao Magueijo

Source: Faster Than the Speed of Light: The Story of a Scientific Speculation, Pages: 177..178

Contributed by: Laurie

A Quote by Farland on belief, god, life, death, and science

I listen to a Bach partita in D minor and believe in Bach's God. I watch a raven hop about and I believe in the Tlingit creation story. I ski through a stand of trees  and believe like the vikings that men and women were formed from two trees sprouted from the flesh of a dead giant. I look through Anton van Leeuwenhoek's eyes at microscopic life forms and believe in science. I feel the cold wind burning my face and I believe in the force of nature. I see a snap-spined vole flung from Gnomi's mouth and my father's gray skinned body in his coffin and I believe in death. I feel my heart beat and breathe in and I believe in life. I listen to the news on the radio and I believe in fear. I listen to Martin Luther King Jr and I believe in people. I remember the stories my father told (he was a minister of Bach's God) and I believe in trolls. Everything tells me to believe.

Farland Fish

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Gaston Bachelard on concept, image, science, knowledge, and abstraction

In scientific thought, the concept functions all the better for being cut off from all background images. In its full exercise, the scientific concept is free from all the delays of its genetic evolution, an evolution which is consequently explained by simple psychology. The virility of knowledge increases with each conquest of the constructive abstraction.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 - 1962)

Source: The Poetics of Reverie, Pages: 52

Contributed by: Chris

A Quote by Daniel Quinn on life and science

"You know how to split atoms, how to send explorers to the moon, how to splice genes, but you don't know how people ought to live."

Daniel Quinn

Source: Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit, Pages: 87

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by Robert Frenay on nature, ecosystem, community, biology, alchemy, energy, and science

Nature is flexible and resilient. Nature likes redundancy and dispersion. It is approximate and deals in gradients. All boundaries are permeable. Nature nests small systems like molecules within larger systems like cells, which in turn are nested in systems called organs, organisms, ecosystems. We grew from ancient one-celled ancestors. Nature likes mergers: we contain multitudes of other life forms within us. We stand at the crest of four billion years, bacteria molded into wondrous form, burning with a slow fire and about to take the next step.

Robert Frenay

Source: Pusle: The Coming Age of Systems and Machines Inspired by Living Things

Contributed by: Laurie

A Quote by Danah Zohar on spiritual, religious, science, archtypal, mythological, awareness, beyond, beauty, and truth

Here science helps us to understand the spiritual.  As the concept is used in this book, to experience 'the spiritual' means to be in touch with some larger, deeper, richer whole that puts our present limited situation into a new perspective. It is to have a sense of 'something beyond', of 'something more' that confers added meaning and value on where we are now. That spiritual 'something more' may be a deeper social reality or social web of meaning. It may be an awareness of or attunement to the mythological, archetypal or religious dimensions of our situation. It may be a sense of some more profound level of truth or beauty. And/or it may be an attunement to some deeper, cosmic sense of wholeness, a sense that our actions are part of some greater universal process.

Danah Zohar

Source: SQ: Connecting With Our Spiritual Intelligence, Pages: 18-19

Contributed by: Allison

A Quote by Sharon R. McCarragher on magic and science

Magic is just science we don't understand yet.

Sharon McCarragher

Source: Myself, circa 1989

Contributed by: Sharon

A Quote by Richard Feynman on science, technology, and physics

We are at the very beginning of time for the human race. It is not unreasonable that we grapple with problems. But there are tens of thousands of years in the future. Our responsibility is to do what we can, learn what we can, improve the solutions, and pass them on.

Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)

Contributed by: ψ*

A Quote by Freeman Dyson on science, technology, physics, universe, philosophy, and consciousness

Mind and intelligence are woven into the fabric of our universe in a way that altogether surpasses our comprehension.

Freeman Dyson

Contributed by: ψ*

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