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The grand aim of all science is to cover
the greatest number of empirical facts
by logical deduction from
the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.
- Albert Einstein

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Now obviously the propositions of the system have reference
to matters of empirical fact;
if they did not,
they could have no claim to be called scientific.
- Talcott Parsons

Why are empirical questions about how the mind works
so weighted down with political and moral and emotional baggage?
- Steven Pinker

The bases for historical knowledge are not empirical facts but written texts,
even if these texts masquerade in the guise of wars or revolutions.
- Paul Deman

 

So I think one can say on empirical grounds -
not because of some philosophical principle -
that you can't have democracy unless you have a market economy.
- Peter L. Berger

No one has the right to destroy another person's belief
by demanding empirical evidence.
- Ann Landers

Empirical interest will be in the facts so far as they
are relevant to the solution of these problems.
- Talcott Parsons

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Special emphasis should be laid on this intimate interrelation
of general statements about empirical fact with the
logical elements and structure of theoretical systems.
- Talcott Parsons

When the going gets tough, the tough get empirical.
- Jon Carroll

People today sometimes get uncomfortable with empirical
claims that seem to clash with their political assumptions,
often because they haven't given much thought to the connections.
- Steven Pinker

That is, a system starts with a group of interrelated
propositions which involve reference to empirical observations
within the logical framework of the propositions in question.
- Talcott Parsons

As many political writers have pointed out,
commitment to political equality is not an empirical
claim that people are clones.
- Steven Pinker

In so far as such a theory is empirically correct it
will also tell us what empirical facts it should be
possible to observe in a given set of circumstances.
- Talcott Parsons

Realism is not a matter of any fidelity to an empirical reality,
but of the discursive conventions by which and for
which a sense of reality is constructed.
- John Fiske

We would be in a nasty position indeed if empirical
science were the only kind of science possible.
- Edmund Husserl

Our empirical criterion for a series of theories is
that it should produce new facts.
The idea of growth and the concept of empirical character are soldered into one.
- Imre Lakatos

Thus, in general, in the first instance,
the direction of interest in empirical fact will be
canalised by the logical structure of the theoretical system.
- Talcott Parsons

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 that of increasing knowledge of empirical fact,
intimately combined with changing interpretations of this body of fact -
hence changing general statements about it -
and,
not least, a changing a structure of the theoretical system.
- Talcott Parsons

I had some of the students in my finance class actually
do some empirical work on capital structures,
to see if we could find any obvious patterns in the data,
but we couldn't see any.
- Merton Miller

Men act like brutes in so far as the sequences of their
perceptions arise through the principle of memory only,
like those empirical physicians who have mere practice without theory.
- Gottfried Leibniz

Darwin based his theory on generalizations that were strictly empirical.
You can go out and see that organisms do vary,
that variations are inherited, and that every organism
is capable of increasing its numbers in sufficiently favorable circumstances.
- George C. Williams

Don't despise empiric truth.
Lots of things work in practice for which the laboratory has never found proof.
- Martin H. Fischer

A discrete series is a series of terms each of which is empirically derived,
each one of which is empirically true.
And this is the reason for the fragmentary character of those poems.
- George Oppen

Sometimes the reader will decide something else than the author's intent;
this is certainly true of attempts to empirically decipher reality.
- John M. Ford

What Romantic terminology called genius or talent or
inspiration is nothing other than finding the right road empirically,
following one's nose, taking shortcuts.
- Italo Calvino

The lyrics are constructed as empirically as the music.
I don't set out to say anything very important.
- Brian Eno

But empirically I've come to understand that my photographs
really don't do any harm.
- Jock Sturges

The implications of these considerations justify the
statement that all empirically verifiable knowledge
even the commonsense knowledge of everyday life -
involves implicitly,
if not explicitly, systematic theory in this sense.
- Talcott Parsons

Actually, today I had to defend the Bush Administration in France again.
They refuse to accept, because of their political ideology,
that he has actually done more than any American President for Africa.
But it's empirically so.
- Bob Geldof

Innocence could be considered a discrete state of mind.
- John Shirley

The basic structure of proteins is quite simple:
they are formed by hooking together in a chain discrete
subunits called amino acids.
- Michael Behe

Males do not represent two discrete populations,
heterosexual and homosexual.
The world is not to be divided into sheeps and goats.
Not all things are black nor all things white.
- Alfred Kinsey

You're not a historian, but most historians will tell
you that they make very discrete judgment as to what
facts to omit in order to make their book into some shape,
some length that can be managed.
- Oliver Stone

At the head of these new discoveries and insights comes
the establishment of the facts that electricity is
composed of discrete particles of equal size,
or quanta, and that light is an electromagnetic wave motion.
- Johannes Stark

Through our own recovered innocence
we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
- Henry David Thoreau

Being part of the natural world reminds me
that innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

Innocence isn't ever lost completely;
we just need to maintain our goodness to regain it.
- Jewel

Zen says that if you drop knowledge -
and within knowledge everything is included;
your name, your identity, everything,
because this has been given to you by others -
if you drop all that has been given by others,
you will have a totally different quality to your being: innocence.
This will be a crucifixion of the persona, the personality,
and there will be a resurrection of your innocence.
You will become a child again, reborn.
- Osho

Mind is repetitive, mind always moves in circles.
Mind is a mechanism: you feed it with knowledge,
it repeats the same knowledge,
it goes on chewing the same knowledge again and again.
No-mind is clarity, purity, innocence.
No-mind is the real way to live,
the real way to know, the real way to be.
- Osho

Bad company is as instructive as licentiousness.
One makes up for the loss of one's innocence with the
loss of one's prejudices.
- Denis Diderot

I think that freshness and that innocence is something
that is missing from a lot of female singers.
I'm certainly not denying that I'm young,
but I'm not fluff.
- Jessica Simpson

Every act of rebellion expresses a nostalgia for innocence
and an appeal to the essence of being.
- Albert Camus

It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't.
- Mignon McLaughlin

Crime butchers innocence to secure a throne,
and innocence struggles with all its might against the attempts of crime.
- Maximilien Robespierre

The innocence that feels no risk and is taught no caution,
is more vulnerable than guilt, and oftener assailed.
- Nathaniel Parker Willis

The United States government can indict you on something,
and now you've got to prove your innocence.
And that's not the Constitution of the United States.
- Leonard Peltier

What innocence, may I ask, is being played here when
it is known that this virtuous damsel has already got
a dozen illegitimate children?
- Nikita Khrushchev

Maimonides taught that it is better that 10 criminals
go free than let one innocent man be executed.
The Innocence Project represents that point of view.
- Norman Lamm

Art saved me; it got me through my depression and self-loathing,
back to a place of innocence.
- Jeanette Winterson

Remorse is virtue's root; its fair increase are fruits
of innocence and blessedness.
- William C. Bryant

Writing novels preserves you in a state of innocence -
a lot passes you by -
simply because your attention is otherwise diverted.
- Anita Brookner

Resentment seems to have been given us by nature for a defense,
and for a defense only!
It is the safeguard of justice and the security of innocence.
- Adam Smith

I would certainly say that films like Time Code and
the Loss of Sexual Innocence were far more rewarding
to me in terms of being able to move forward as a filmmaker.
- Mike Figgis

People are entitled to the presumption of innocence.
- Barney Frank

Never resist a sentence you like, in which language
takes its own pleasure and in which,
after having abused it for so long, you are stupefied by its innocence.
- Jean Baudrillard

A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure,
a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth,
a link between angels and men.
- Martin Farquhar Tupper

I think it's hard to write about children and to have an idea of innocence.
- Donna Tartt

In every American there is an air of incorrigible innocence,
which seems to conceal a diabolical cunning.
- A. E. Housman

I had no idea that he was going to write that,
but I've always believed that insecurity was what would
keep you always in your innocence,
no matter what the business did.
- Sally Kirkland

Anxiety is the beginning of conscience,
which is the parent of the soul but is not compatible with innocence.
- Angela Carter

Being at the centre of a film is a burden one takes
on with innocence the first time.
Thereafter, you take it on with trepidation.
- Daniel Day Lewis

Innocence is always unsuspicious.
- Joseph Joubert

When you become a parent, or a teacher,
you turn into a manager of this whole system.
You become the person controlling the bubble of innocence around a child,
regulating it.
- Kazuo Ishiguro

I didn't do what they said I did.
I may have done enough so that I don't know if I can prove my innocence.
- Dick Morris

The Southerner is usually tolerant of those weaknesses
that proceed from innocence.
- Flannery O'Connor

Power is something of which I am convinced there is
no innocence this side of the womb.
- Nadine Gordimer

There is no aphrodisiac like innocence.
- Jean Baudrillard

All we can do is keep going up against then as long
as Ray is alive because when he dies it will not be
possible to establish the truth of his innocence in a court of law.
- William Pepper

Whether we knew many who died on September 11 or personally knew none,
we all lost something on that day.
Innocence.
Security.
A trust that our homeland would always be safe.
- Bob Taft

If U.S.
foreign policy results in massive death and destruction abroad,
we cannot feign innocence when some of that destruction is returned.
- Ward Churchill


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