Science Quotes

Science can disprove theories, … science can improve theories, … science can never prove theories.

Gregory Bateson

Science is a method of perception.

Gregory Bateson

Science invented honesty.

Greg Bear
Government, in funding science, reinvented dishonesty.

With me the horrid doubt always arises as to whether the convictions of man’s mind, which has been developed from the lower animals, are of any value or are at all trustworthy.

Charles Darwin

“The explanation for what happened in the Cambrian lay in how organisms modified their environment.”

It is a mistake to believe that a science consists in nothing but conclusively proved propositions, and it is unjust to demand that it should. It is a demand only made by those who feel a craving for authority in some form and a need to replace the religious catechism by something else, even if it be a scientific one. Science in its catechism has but few apodictic precepts; it consists mainly of statements which it has developed to varying degrees of probability. The capacity to be content with these approximations to certainty and the ability to carry on constructive work despite the lack of final confirmation are actually a mark of the scientific habit of mind.


On “science fiction” as “escapism”:
The only people who object to escapism are jailers.

CS Lewis (to Arthur C Clarke)

Science is a self-correcting subject: unlike politics.

Arthur C Clarke

How science works:
Professional and citizen scientists share information.

One has to address questions of knowledge before one can even begin to address questions of science.

bk Marcus

Evolution: Sexual Selection: Males … tended to be what females wanted them to be.

Leonard Shlain

A human usually sets the premises in place before activating the logic process.

Leonard Shlain

[Students] take away from school … such a strong loathing for the paths of science traversed by them that they never again take a book into their hands.

Count Leo Tolstoy

Real things can happen only locally … the local is the global at work.

Denis Wood

Science: a system of belief where the hypothesis maps well with experience

Even science is due for a spring cleaning.

How can there be “science” in a society where the “scientists” beg for funding from the illusionists?

Macroinformation: my attempt to extract something rationally accountable from my religious mysticism (my esthetic “spirituality”); to embrace abstract mechanism while banishing concrete materialism; to merge art with science

A species is a dialogue with an environment.

Science and central authority are incompatible.

Once belief loses its linkage with uncorrupted evidence the belief must be rejected: modified at the least: or the idea of science has been abandoned.

god speaks: man overwrites the messages with noise.
Nature, the universe speaks: man overwrites the messages with noise.
Science speaks: man overwrites the messages with red-taped noise.
We can expect nature to overwrite us.

Pseudo science will beat science every time.

Science has an active half life: it will always degrade — drastically.
Gee: you mean it’s just like religion?

Science is science only so long as it is in tune with evidence (and evidence is never not linked to theory).

pk masking himself as a personification of “Science.”

Alas the quantity in my quotes files doesn’t match the importance. Many of my favorite science quotes have never yet by me been digitized from their source: Darwin, Frazer … for example. And I certainly haven’t mined all modules for the quote files: not systematically.

About pk

Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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