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present, its vanished past, its non-existent future, and its inert matter. This trimness is very medieval and ill accords with brute fact. (573)
The existence of analogies between central features of various theories implies the existence of a general theory which underlies the particular theories and unifies them with respect to those central features.
Neither the authority of man alone nor the authority of fact alone is sufficient. The universe, as known to us, is a joint phenomenon of the observer and the observed; and every process of discovery in natural science or in other branches of human knowledge will acquire its best excellence when it is in accordance with this fundamental principle. (82)
It is evident that if we adopt this point of view toward concepts, namely that the proper definitionof a concept is not in terms of its properties but in terms of actual operations, we need run no danger of having to revise our attitude toward nature. (55)                                               p. w. bridgman
To say the facts are incomprehensible is a rationalization of individual ignorance.
Ignorance, however, may be no faulty It becomes so only when the individual permits himself to rationalize it, i. e., give it a disguise, which effectually blocks him in the utilization of his intelligence, which might otherwise solve the problem in hand. (241)                       smith ely jelliffe
The symbol A is not the counterpart of anything in familiar life. To the child the letter A would seem horribly abstract; so we give him a familiar conception along with it. "A was an Archer who shot at a frog." This tides over his immediate difficulty; but he cannot make serious progress with word-building so long as Archers, Butchers, Captains, dance round the letters. The letters are abstract, and sooner or later he has to realise it. In physics we have outgrown archer and apple-pie definitions of the fundamental symbols. To a request to explain what an electron really is supposed to be we can only answer, "It is part of the A B C of physics". (149)                                                                            a. s. eddington
No previous existing system of thought had properly formed a working hypothesis to explain why for this or that individual it was necessary to "go up three steps or else be constipated," "or to take pills in multiples of three," or other analogous symptoms which will occur to the reader and which are found in bewildering profusion in all pathological cases, be they hysterias, or compulsion neuroses, phobias, schizophrenias, or what not.
(241)                                                                                      SMITH ELY JELLIFFE
The Dormouse . . . went on: " - that begins with an M, such as mousetraps, and the moon, and memory, and muchness - you know you say things are 'much of a muchness' - did you ever see such a thing as a drawing of a muchness!"
"Really, now you ask me," said Alice, very much confused, "I don't think - " ' "Then you shouldn't talk," said the Hatter.**                  lewis carrolL
4.1212 What can be shown cannot be said. (590)              l. Wittgenstein
'Introduction to a Form of General Analysis. Yale Univ. Press, **Alice in Wonderland.