Scientific Theism

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Little, Brown, 1885 - 219 páginas
 

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Página 88 - All right," said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone. "Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin," thought Alice; "but a grin without a cat!
Página 186 - But this I do say, and would wish all men to know and lay to heart, that he who discerns nothing but Mechanism in the Universe has in the fatalest way missed the secret of the Universe altogether. That all Godhood should vanish out of men's conception of this Universe seems to me precisely the most brutal error, — I will not disparage Heathenism by calling it a Heathen error, — that men could fall into.
Página 66 - Those things do really exist which we distinctly perceive by our. senses, and are what we perceive them to be.
Página 1 - We here propose to do just what Copernicus did in attempting to explain the celestial movements. When he found that he could make no progress by assuming that all the heavenly bodies revolved round the spectator, he reversed the process, and tried the experiment of assuming that the spectator revolved, while the stars remained at rest.
Página 217 - E dei saper che tutti hanno diletto, Quanto la sua veduta si profonda Nel vero, in che si queta ogn
Página 13 - I grant, may all be wrong, and there may be no such things as molecules ; but, then, the philosophy of every science assumes similar fundamental principles, of which the only proof it can offer is a certain harmony with observed facts. So it is with our science. The new chemistry assumes as its fundamental postulate that the magnitudes we call molecules are realities ; but this is the only postulate. Grant the postulate, and you will find that all the rest follows as a necessary deduction. Deny it,...
Página 2 - ... the spectator, he reversed the process, and tried the experiment of assuming that the spectator revolved, while the stars remained at rest. We may make the same experiment with regard to the intuition of objects. If the intuition must conform to the nature of the objects, I do not see how we can know anything of them a priori. If, on the other hand, the object conforms to the nature of our faculty of intuition, I can then easily conceive the possibility of such an a priori knowledge.
Página 2 - Kepler ; but he made another comparison that is more significant and appropriate. He compared his achievement with that of Copernicus. But this achievement consisted in this, that he reversed the previous standpoint of metaphysics. Copernicus dared, 'by a paradoxical but yet true method,' to seek the observed motions, not in the heavenly bodies, but in their observers. Not less
Página 42 - No art treats of particular cases, for particulars are infinite and cannot be known.' No one who holds the doctrine that reasoning may be from particulars to particulars can be supposed to have the most rudimentary notion of what constitutes reasoning and science.
Página 12 - ... themselves. . . . Signs, thoughts, and exterior objects may be regarded as parallel and analogous series of phenomena, and to treat any one of the three series is equivalent to treating either of the other series.

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