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Robert Nozick Quotes and Sayings

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Evolutionary cosmology formulates theories in which
a universe is capable of giving rise to and generating
future universes out of itself,
within black holes or whatever.
- Robert Nozick

From each as they choose, to each as they are chosen.
- Robert Nozick

Through the evolutionary process, those who are able
to engage in social cooperation of various sorts do
better in survival and reproduction.
- Robert Nozick

It's the level that allows us each to live our own chosen lives.
But I notice not everyone agrees with the primary importance of that level,
and I try to account for how they don't.
- Robert Nozick

 

I think philosophers can do things akin to theoretical scientists,
in that, having read about empirical data,
they too can think of what hypotheses and theories
might account for that data.
So there's a continuity between philosophy and science in that way.
- Robert Nozick

It is, from another angle, an attack on requiring proof in philosophy.
And it's also the case, I guess, that my temperament is to like interesting,
new, bold ideas, and to try and generate them.
- Robert Nozick

Examples one finds in the philosophical literature
are somebody who's seen the trial of a child of theirs,
where they're being proved guilty of some crime that
would drive the parent into a depression,
maybe a suicidal depression.
- Robert Nozick

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Certainly the emphasis I place in this chapter on coordination
of behavior and cooperation to mutual benefit is something
that ought to be very congenial to people in the libertarian tradition.
- Robert Nozick

The fact that we don't keep repeating tests in the
same arena is not because the probability of the hypothesis
showing its falsity in other arenas goes up after it
has passed tests in one arena.
- Robert Nozick

There is no justifiable prediction about how the hypothesis
will hold up in the future;
its degree of corroboration simply is a historical
statement describing how severely the hypothesis has been tested in the past.
- Robert Nozick

I guess my tendency is to think essentially that the
new wrinkles won't do the job if the old major idea didn't,
and so you have to try something different.
Then maybe they can all be combined in some coherent piece.
- Robert Nozick

What hadn't been realized in the literature until now
is that merely to describe how severely something has
been tested in the past itself embodies inductive assumptions,
even as a statement about the past.
- Robert Nozick

The scientists often have more unfettered imaginations
than current philosophers do.
Relativity theory came as a complete surprise to philosophers,
and so did quantum mechanics, and so did other things.
- Robert Nozick

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

Racism is essentially natural, it's old fashioned it's
an evolutionary phase that we're going through.
Ultimately it wont exist.
- Michael Hutchence

There is no controversy within science over the core
proposition of evolutionary theory.
- Kenneth Miller

It seems to me that for Darwin the pulsing of evolutionary
rates was a strictly vertical phenomenon.
- Ernst Mayr

So we can't go backwards, we can only go where the
evolutionary trajectory is taking us and attune our
ideas about ourselves and our existence to that course.
- Thom Mayne

The next evolutionary step is into the screen.
- Marc Maron

I can't think of anyone who is up on evolutionary psychology
and related areas who is deluded enough to be called a utopian.
- Keith Henson

Some theists in evolutionary science acquiesce to these
tacit rules and retain a personal faith while accepting
a thoroughly naturalistic picture of physical reality.
- Phillip E. Johnson

The monopoly of science in the realm of knowledge explains
why evolutionary biologists do not find it meaningful
to address the question whether the Darwinian theory is true.
- Phillip E. Johnson

A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor,
mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

There aren't just bad people that commit genocide;
we are all capable of it.
It's our evolutionary history.
- James Lovelock

With the opening of the second decade of the twentieth
century it seemed that the stage was set for the last
act in an unquestioned evolutionary drama.
- Ralph A. Cram

We humans have millions of years of evolutionary baggage
that makes us regard competition in a deadly light.
- Vernor Vinge

In fact, the socialization gives us the tools to fill our evolutionary roles.
They are our building blocks.
- Warren Farrell

Evolutionary psychology is one of four sciences that
are bringing human nature back into the picture.
- Steven Pinker

Both of these branches of evolutionary science,
are, in my opinion, in the closest causal connection;
this arises from the reciprocal action of the laws
of heredity and adaptation.
- Ernst Haeckel

Indeed, I was unable to find any evidence whatsoever
of the occurrence of a drastic evolutionary acceleration
and genetic reconstruction in widespread,
populous species.
- Ernst Mayr

The culmination of all of that was the decision to start a company,
which became Lotus, to do a product,
which became 1-2-3.
By the time I reached that point it had been four years,
and it felt like a lifetime, but really it was kind of evolutionary.
- Mitch Kapor

Evolutionary biologists are not content merely to explain
how variation occurs within limits,
however.
They aspire to answer a much broader question-which
is how complex organisms like birds,
and flowers, and human beings came into existence in the first place.
- Phillip E. Johnson

Anyway, the title The War of the Insect Gods came before we had that ending,
before we knew they had become gods.
That we knew the evolutionary cycle they went through.
Before we even knew anything about that.
We had an ending.
- Michael O'Donoghue

The evolutionary explanation for origins,
although impossible either to prove or to test scientifically,
is nevertheless defended by its proponents on the basis
that it is the only explanation which is naturalistic,
not involving the 'supernatural' element of a divine Creator.
- Henry M. Morris

We are glorious accidents of an unpredictable process
with no drive to complexity,
not the expected results of evolutionary principles
that yearn to produce a creature capable of understanding
the mode of its own necessary construction.
- Stephen Jay Gould

Moreover, the concern of some that moving DNA among
species would breach customary breeding barriers and
have profound effects on natural evolutionary processes
has substantially disappeared as the science revealed
that such exchanges occur in nature.
- Paul Berg

The major novelty of my theory was its claim that the
most rapid evolutionary change does not occur in widespread,
populous species, as claimed by Most geneticists,
but in small founder populations.
- Ernst Mayr

We can continue to try and clean up the gutters all
over the world and spend all of our resources looking
at just the dirty spots and trying to make them clean.
Or we can lift our eyes up and look into the skies
and move forward in an evolutionary way.
- Buzz Aldrin

In short, it is not that evolutionary naturalists have
been less brazen than the scientific creationists in holding science hostage,
but rather that they have been infinitely more effective in getting away with it.
- Phillip E. Johnson

Science cannot tell theology how to construct a doctrine of creation,
but you can't construct a doctrine of creation without
taking account of the age of the universe and the evolutionary
character of cosmic history.
- John Polkinghorne

Evolutionary naturalism takes the inherent limitations
of science and turns them into a devastating philosophical weapon:
because science is our only real way of knowing anything,
what science cannot know cannot be real.
- Phillip E. Johnson

During half a century of literary work,
I have endeavoured to introduce the philosophy of evolution
into the sphere of literature,
and to inspire my readers to think in evolutionary terms.
- Johannes Vilhelm Jensen

Civilization, we shall find, like Universalism and Christianity,
is anti evolutionary in its effects;
it works against the laws and conditions which regulated
the earlier stages of man's ascent.
- Arthur Keith

Most of them are doomed to rapid extinction,
but a few may make evolutionary inventions,
such as physiological, ecological, or behavioral innovations
that give these species improved competitive potential.
- Ernst Mayr

Under no stretch of imagination can war be regarded as an ethical process;
yet war,
force, terror, and propaganda were the evolutionary
means employed to weld the German people into a tribal whole.
- Arthur Keith

It was Nietzsche who first made us conscious of the
significance of the individual as a term in the evolutionary
process-in that part of the evolutionary process which has still to take place.
- Herbert Read

I think we're proving ourselves as we go along.
The past several months our strategy has been evolutionary -
making maximum advantage of our client browser,
as well as our enterprise software for people who want to build Web sites.
- Jim Barksdale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scientific knowledge is in perpetual evolution;
it finds itself changed from one day to the next.
- Jean Piaget

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

Scripture suggests that the elements in space were
created for the benefit of earth,
while evolution suggests that earth is an insignificant speck in vast space.
- Walter Lang

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

Those early steps are very important in understanding the evolution.
But in themselves, maybe now you need the later records
to understand the significance of the earlier records!
- Evan Parker

I heard that Jesus had a pet dinosaur.
Evolution must be a myth then.
- John Bacon

We're in the midst of an evolution, not a revolution.
- James Levine

Parents have a right to insist that godless evolution
not be taught to their children.
- Patrick Buchanan

We know that these clashes with Asia and Jewry are necessary for evolution.
- Heinrich Himmler

An honest observer of the evolution of conditions in
Egypt would discover that terrorism is an alien phenomenon,
strange to our values and heritage.
- Hosni Mubarak

I have not the slightest doubt that this form of individuation
represents a higher stage in the evolution of mankind.
- Herbert Read

Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.
- Theodosius Dobzhansky


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