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All the evolution we know of proceeds from the vague to the definite. ...
by Charles Sanders Peirce

All the evolution we know of proceeds from the vague to the definite.
- Charles Sanders Peirce

Generality is, indeed, an indispensable ingredient of reality;
for mere individual existence or actuality without
any regularity whatever is a nullity.
Chaos is pure nothing.
- Charles Sanders Peirce

The essence of belief is the establishment of a habit;
and different beliefs are distinguished by the different
modes of action to which they give rise.
- Charles Sanders Peirce

Bad reasoning as well as good reasoning is possible;
and this fact is the foundation of the practical side of logic.
- Charles Sanders Peirce

 

Every new concept first comes to the mind in a judgment.
- Charles Sanders Peirce

It is impossible not to envy the man who can dismiss reason,
although we know how it must turn out at last.
- Charles Sanders Peirce

The final upshot of thinking is the exercise of volition,
and of this thought no longer forms a part;
but belief is only a stadium of mental action,
an effect upon our nature due to thought,
which will influence future thinking.
- Charles Sanders Peirce

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It will sometimes strike a scientific man that the
philosophers have been less intent on finding out what the facts are,
than on inquiring what belief is most in harmony with their system.
- Charles Sanders Peirce

Doubt is an uneasy and dissatisfied state from which
we struggle to free ourselves and pass into the state of belief;
while the latter is a calm and satisfactory state which we do not wish to avoid,
or to change to a belief in anything else.
- Charles Sanders Peirce

A quality is something capable of being completely embodied.
A law never can be embodied in its character as a law
except by determining a habit.
A quality is how something may or might have been.
A law is how an endless future must continue to be.
- Charles Sanders Peirce

In the long history of humankind (and animal-kind, too)
those who learned to collaborate and
improvise most effectively have prevailed.
- Charles Darwin

The first step in the evolution of ethics
is a sense of solidarity with other human beings.
- Albert Schweitzer

In the struggle for survival,
the fittest win out at the expense of their rivals
because they succeed in adapting
themselves best to their environment.
- Charles Darwin

I have called this principle,
by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved,
by the term of Natural Selection.
- Charles Darwin

Everything we believe is a matter of evolution and history.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

On the ordinary view of each species
having been independently created,
we gain no scientific explanation.
- Charles Darwin

It is not the strongest of the species that survive,
nor the most intelligent,
but the one most responsive to change.
- Charles Darwin

Man is descended from a hairy, tailed quadruped,
probably arboreal in its habits.
- Charles Darwin

You have to look at history as an evolution of society.
- Jean Chretien

There are no shortcuts in evolution.
- Louis D. Brandeis

Breaking up is a natural evolution
when you try to figure out what you want in life.
If you're with an individual
who isn't moving in the same direction
and at the same rate that you are,
it ain't going to work.
- Usher Raymond

With the advent of genetic engineering the time required
for the evolution of new species may literally collapse.
- Dee Hock

The intellectual evolution of the race consists in
an increase in the number,
delicacy, complexity, permanence and speed of formation of such associations.
- Edward Thorndike

My theory of evolution is that Darwin was adopted.
- Steven Wright

That's the way I try to live.
I think it's the only way for human beings at this
point in our evolution as souls,
where everyone in their lifetime is going through stuff.
- Al Jarreau

Evolution acts slowly.
Our psychological characteristics today are those that
promoted reproductive success in the ancestral environmen.
- Keith Henson

Evolution is baseless and quite incredible.
- John Ambrose Fleming

Theories of evolution must provide for the creative
acts which brought such theories into existence.
- Michael Polanyi

We completely reject the theory of evolution.
- John Ambrose Fleming

There's 40 or 50 songs that nobody's heard that I've done in between albums.
There's a whole evolution from Midnite Vultures to
Sea Change that's never been released.
- Beck

In fact, death seems to have been a rather late invention in evolution.
One can go a long way in evolution before encountering an authentic corpse.
- George Wald

The worst censors are those prohibiting criticism of
the theory of evolution in the classroom.
- Phyllis Schlafly

Historians will have to face the fact that natural
selection determined the evolution of cultures in the
same manner as it did that of species.
- Konrad Lorenz

Theology made no provision for evolution.
The biblical authors had missed the most important revelation of all!
Could it be that they were not really privy to the thoughts of God?
- E. O. Wilson

Biology is the science.
Evolution is the concept that makes biology unique.
- Jared Diamond

What we think of as our sensitivity is only the higher
evolution of terror in a poor dumb beast.
We suffer for nothing.
Our own death wish is our only real tragedy.
- Mario Puzo

The evolution of sense is, in a sense,
the evolution of nonsense.
- Vladimir Nabokov

So much the worse, it may be, for a particular meeting:
but the meeting is the individual,
which on evolution principles, must be sacrificed for
the development of the race.
- Arthur Cayley

Evolution, of course, is not something that simply
applies to life here on earth;
it applies to the whole universe.
- John Polkinghorne

Where there is age there is evolution,
where there is life there is growth.
- Anjelica Huston

The theory of undirected evolution is already dead,
but the work of science continues.
- Michael Behe

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?
- Milton Berle

Well, take the evolution of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
It began as hackers' rights.
Then it became general civil liberties of everybody -
government stay away.
- Esther Dyson

It may part of a one way evolution...
or it may be we are currently on the downside of an
innocence cycle where one day,
with an up cycle, sweet will be entertaining again.
- Christopher Knight

Love is a sacred reserve of energy; it is like the
blood of spiritual evolution.
- Teilhard de Chardin

If we turn to palaeontology to tell us about our biological
evolution it is to prehistory that we look for evidence
of the evolution of specifically human patterns of behaviour.
- John G. D. Clark

The evolution of sex is the hardest problem in evolutionary biology.
- John M. Smith

We're all like little ants who scurry around with the
materials that are at hand right now.
Each generation finds new materials.
Its just evolution, isn't it?
- Beth Orton

I'm still my parent's child, I'm still me,
but I made a choice.
I evolved into Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
I think it has to do with evolution.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The Church's note must be a supernatural note which
distinguishes incarnation from immanence,
redemption from evolution, the Kingdom of God from mere spiritual process.
- Arthur Middleton

Tick is a cartoon character, I don't know if you're familiar with him.
This is the third step in his evolution.
Comic book to cartoon to, now, live-action.
- Patrick Warburton

It's the lie of evolution that all man are just evolved
and that they're all equal,
and that all creatures are equal.
- Tim LaHaye

The proposition that humans have mental characteristics
wholly absent in non-humans is inconsistent with the theory of evolution.
- Gary L. Francione

I believe in evolution.
But I also believe, when I hike the Grand Canyon and see it at sunset,
that the hand of God is there also.
- John McCain

Essential to the theory of evolution is the premise
that everything has come into being by itself.
- Walter Lang

Promise yourself to live your life as a revolution
and not just a process of evolution.
- Anthony J. D'Angelo

The progress of evolution from President Washington
to President Grant was alone evidence to upset Darwin.
- Henry B. Adams

When the mother of the race is free,
we shall have a better world,
by the easy right of birth and by the calm,
slow, friendly forces of evolution.
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Spencer's god was Evolution, sometimes also called Progress.
- Talcott Parsons

We must also be permitted to bear in mind that evolution,
though it may explain everything else,
cannot explain itself.
- Goldwin Smith

Evolution is a tightly coupled dance,
with life and the material environment as partners.
From the dance emerges the entity Gaia.
- James Lovelock

Evolution is a bankrupt speculative philosophy,
not a scientific fact.
Only a spiritually bankrupt society could ever believe it.
Only atheists could accept this Satanic theory.
- Jimmy Swaggart

Evolution thus is merely contingent on certain processes articulated by Darwin:
variation and selection.
- Ernst Mayr

The first and most important reason for its elimination
is the unquestioned fact that evolution is not a science;
it is a hypothesis only,
a speculation.
- William B. Riley

Evolution is what it is.
The upper classes have always died out;
it's one of the most charming things about them.
- Germaine Greer

For the first time in history we can track the evolution
of a pandemic in real time.
Influenza viruses are notorious for their rapid mutation
and unpredictable behaviour.
- Margaret Chan

In art there are only fast or slow developments.
Essentially it is a matter of evolution,
not revolution.
- Bela Bartok

In the nineteenth century, many Anglican theologians,
both evangelical and catholic, embraced positively
the proposal of evolution.
- Arthur Peacocke

The causes of youth violence are working parents who
put their kids into daycare,
the teaching of evolution in the schools,
and working mothers who take birth control pills.
- Tom DeLay

No single discovery from any of these fields denotes proof of evolution,
but together they reveal that life evolved in a certain
sequence by a particular process.
- Michael Shermer

In microbiology the roles of mutation and selection
in evolution are coming to be better understood through
the use of bacterial cultures of mutant strains.
- Edward Lawrie Tatum


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