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A Quote by John Burroughs on diversity, infinity, intuition, life, mind, mystery, nature, religion, science, simplicity, unity, universe, and wonder

Science tends more and more to reveal to us the unity that underlies the diversity of nature.  We must have diversity in our practical lives; we must seize Nature by many handles.  But our intellectual lives demand unity, demand simplicity amid all this complexity.  Our religious lives demand the same.  Amid all the diversity of creeds and sects we are coming more and more to see that religion is one, that verbal differences and ceremonies are unimportant, and that the fundamental agreements are alone significant.  Religion as a key or passport to some other world has had its day; as a mere set of statements or dogmas about the Infinite mystery it has had its day.  Science makes us more and more at home in this world, and is coming more and more, to the intuitional mind, to have a religious value.  Science kills credulity and superstition but to the well-balanced mind it enhances the feeling of wonder, of veneration, and of kinship which we feel in the presence of the marvelous universe.  It quiets our fears and apprehensions, it pours oil upon the troubled waters of our lives, and reconciles us to the world as it is.

John Burroughs (1837 - 1921)

Source: Accepting the Universe

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A Quote by Walter Meyer on space exploration, astronauts, mathematics, science, and unknown

In a time when much of the world's geography has been explored, and space exploration is restricted to astronauts, mathematics offers fertile ground for exploring the unknown.

Walter Meyer

Source: Missing Dimensions of Mathematics

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A Quote by JG Ballard on nagasaki, science, dreams, destruction, nightmare, anxiety, and sleep

Nagasaki destroyed by the magic of science is the nearest man has yet approached to the realization of dreams that even during the safe immobility of sleep are accustomed to develop into nightmares of anxiety.

JG Ballard

Source: The Terminal Beach

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A Quote by John Polanyi on science, discovery, freedom, truth, paths, and worldview

At the heart of science lies discovery which involves a change in worldview.  Discovery in science is possible only in societies which accord their citizens the freedom to pursue the truth where it may lead and which therefore have respect for different paths to that truth.

John Polanyi

Source: Canadian Nobel Laureate (Chemistry); commencement address, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, June 1990

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A Quote by e. e. cummings on spring, spontaneity, philosophy, science, religion, beauty, life, death, and lovers

O sweet spontaneous
earth how often have
the
doting

     fingers of
prurient philosophers pinched
and
poked

thee
,has the naughty thumb
of science prodded
thy

     beauty     .how
often have religions taken
thee upon their scraggy knees
squeezing and

buffeting thee that thou mightest conceive
gods
     (but
true

to the incomparable
couch of death thy
rhythmic
lover

     thou answerest

them only with

spring)

e.e. cummings (1894 - 1962)

Source: E.E. Cummings: Complete Poems 1904-1962, Pages: 58

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Earon on science, truth, research, future, machine, and artifact

Science is an artifact machine.

Earon Davis

Source: Earon S. Davis

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A Quote by David Brin on citokate, criticism, error, science, politics, and policy

 Criticism Is The Only Known Antidote to Error

David Brin

Source: online -- http://davidbrin.blogspot.com/

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A Quote by Jason M. Christos on science and reality

 Science is not the limits of Reality. You will find that the Reality constantly pushes the limits of Science.

Jason M. Christos

Source: Jason M. Christos review of: A Brief History of Time

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on eternity, joy, mind, nature, perception, science, space, stars, time, unity, and universe

The perception of this law of laws awakens in the mind a sentiment which we call the religious sentiment, and which makes our highest happiness.  Wonderful is its power to charm and to command.  It is a mountain air.  It is the embalmer of the world.  It is myrrh and storax, and chlorine and rosemary.  It makes the sky and the hills sublime, and the silent song of the stars is it.  By it, is the universe made safe and habitable, not by science or power.  Thought may work cold and intransitive in things, and find no end or unity; but the dawn of the sentiment of virtue on the heart, gives and is the assurance that Law is sovereign over all natures; and the worlds, time, space, eternity, do seem to break out into joy.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Divinity School Address

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A Quote by Dave Matthews on dream, magic, mind, science, and wonder

A dream is a massive magic trick of the mind.  No amount of science could explain away the mysterious wonder.

Dave Matthews

Source: Twitter, 11.14.08

Contributed by: ingebrita

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