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Posted by Macho
10-16-2016 04:16 PM

@criticalWhale:
The quote does not need to be scientific to be good, in that you are correct.

@Thread:
The Complete Works of Plato by Plato
In this quote Socrates is explaining why he goes around and questions everything. This is during his trial.

“When I began to talk with him, I could not help thinking that he was not really wise, although he was thought wise by many, and still wiser by himself; and thereupon I tried to explain to him that he thought himself wise, but was not really wise; and the consequence was that he hated me, and his enmity was shared by several who were present and heard me.... Well, although I do not suppose that either of us knows anything really beautiful and good, I am better off than he is, for he knows nothing, and thinks that he knows; I neither know nor think that I know." (Plato, 43)


“I found that the men most in repute were all but the most foolish; and that others less esteemed were really wiser and better."(Plato, 43)

Edited 10-16-2016 04:21 PM by Macho
Posted by criticalWhale
10-09-2016 06:48 AM

i may not read deep scientific tomes like some, but it is my firm belief that some of the best quotes are found in fiction.

“This world is full of monsters with friendly faces." - Heather Brewer, Eighth Grade Bites

“every day i open my eyes i find poetry in even the simplest things” - Andrew Hussie, Homestuck
i know it’s not a book and that it’s considered absolute garbage, but come on, this is an awesome quote

“Remember that misuse of language can lead to miscommunication, and that miscommunication leads to everything that has ever happened in the whole of the world." - Joseph Fink, Welcome to Night Vale

“Who is it who decides that one man should live and another should die? My life wasn’t worth any more than his, but he’s the one who’s buried, while I get to enjoy at least a few more hours above the ground. Is it chance, random and cruel, or is there some purpose or pattern to all this, even if it lies beyond our ken?" - Christopher Paolini, Inheritance


just a thought.

Edited 10-09-2016 06:50 AM by criticalWhale
Posted by Haderach
10-09-2016 05:39 AM

I’ll counter this harsh realism with Descartes. Because I am an escapeist in that at some point some Bostrom Mind will play an end in your favor, if you can be some reasonable in your persistent choices, and true in making those choices:

“I suppose therefore that all things I see are illusions; I believe that nothing has ever existed of everything my lying memory tells me. I think I have no senses. I believe that body, shape, extension, motion, location are functions. What is there then that can be taken as true? Perhaps only this one thing, that nothing at all is certain."

There is something, and we’re too limited by our sensory organs to define it. Scientifically, if hawking radiation or neutrinos were somehow observed to move faster than light or the photon as it’s called, that opens the door to the grandfather paradox. Technologically, you’re looking at time machines, then you have real immortality, if one neuron can be replaced by many synthetic neurons, and thus the space required for human mind reduced or compartmentalized, enough to exist on a synthetic reality run by its own extended computing power in synthetic digital reality, with this immortalized human mind and its percieved occupying that small fraction the original space of one human brain, the rest of the compartments, the majority of that original space, becomes true computronium for a higher form of life, and life becomes infinite. This is the deity of the infovore, communicating back and forth through time, generating alternate histories, structures realities over time. Because that’s all it takes to alter the course of history..decisions. Its the difference between who became president and who didn’t, and there’s limitless possibilities from this branching, splintering of reality. The collective picks and chooses, selects, what suits what best suits its compartmentalized operation. That’s a version of God.

Future to us can be explained as the work or evidence for the existence of God, really just a super being the likes in which we’ve seen all throughout star trek TNG, namely the Q. If you can recognize your ability to shape reality through your decisions alone, you have won the game. Game theory, moreover decision theory, aren’t less scientifically valid than string theory or math conjectures. Sometimes though. You have to capable if relying on some superior sensory processing to discover truth, moreso than even empirical data. Sensory integration doesn’t neccesitate a cognitive drawback than it does a savant ability. Epigenetics are unique to humans as is this “pervasive learning disorder”, vulnerability to paranoia, a mind that can trick the senses, heightened senses, alas sensory integration.

Edited 10-09-2016 06:10 AM by Haderach
Posted by The Living Tribunal
10-09-2016 03:51 AM

“Lies are neither bad nor good. Like a fire they can either keep you warm or burn you to death, depending on how they’re used."

- Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War



“Imagine what could be accomplished if only the human race would shed its humanity."

- Max Brooks, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War

Edited 10-09-2016 03:52 AM by The Living Tribunal
Posted by Macho
10-09-2016 02:30 AM

Bump

Posted by Macho
04-24-2016 01:13 PM

The Evolution of the earth and its inhabitants; a series of lectures delivered before the Yale chapter of the Sigma xi during the academic year 1916-1917, by Joseph Barrell, Charles Schuchert, Lorande Loss Woodruff, Richard Swann Lull, Ellsworth Huntington.

By

Barrell, Joseph, 1869-
Huntington, Ellsworth, 1876-1947
Lull, Richard Swann, 1867-
Schuchert, Charles, 1858-1942
Woodruff, Lorande Loss, 1879-1947


A hypothesis to gain scientific credence must emerge success ful from the test of observed facts and mathematical theory." (The Evolution of Earth and its inhabitants, 12)

Edited 04-24-2016 01:29 PM by Macho
Posted by Macho
03-03-2016 01:18 AM

When Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and the gang are discussing how they’ll keep their mischief a secrete they run into a problem. Huck has no family the group can kill in order to keep him quiet, so Huck does the only logical thing:
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
“They talked it over, and they was going to rule me out, because they said every boy must have a family or somebody to kill, or else it wouldn’t be fair and square for the others. Well, nobody could think of anything to do—everybody was stumped, and set still. I was most ready to cry; but all at once I thought of a way, and so I offered them Miss Watson —they could kill her. Everybody said: “Oh, she’ll do. That’s all right. Huck can come in."(Mark Twain,10)


Mark Twain had quite the sense of humor.

Lazzle Mazzle wrote:
I wholeheartedly recommend it; it’s an extremely well-written and intelligent philosophical piece. smiley

However, it doesn’t make for light reading, so ensure you have the time to properly enjoy it before perusing it.


It might take me a while to finish it. I’m currently reading other books, so it’s taking me a while to even finish one book.

Edited 04-24-2016 01:28 PM by Macho
Posted by P408370R
02-27-2016 05:28 PM

Van Hohenheim wrote:

Lazzle Mazzle wrote:Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
Walden; or, Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau


Good quote, I might look into the book.


I wholeheartedly recommend it; it’s an extremely well-written and intelligent philosophical piece. smiley

However, it doesn’t make for light reading, so ensure you have the time to properly enjoy it before perusing it.

Posted by Macho
02-27-2016 04:31 PM

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Oscar produces a lot of quote worthy text but most of it seems like he’s doing it just to get attention or provoke excitement and controversy. This quote comes from Lord Henry when dining with a group, he is addressing Sir Thomas when he comments about Americans and how a practical of a man he and Mr.Erskine are.

“I can stand brute force, but brute reason is quite unbearable. There is something unfair about its use. It is hitting below the intellect."(Wilde, 31)

And this other quote which I liked. Lord Henry when speaking to the Duchess Gladys.
“To define is to limit”(Wilde, 165)


Lazzle Mazzle wrote:Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
Walden; or, Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau


Good quote, I might look into the book.

Edited 02-27-2016 04:31 PM by Macho
Posted by P408370R
02-27-2016 03:25 AM

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.
Walden; or, Life in the Woods by Henry David Thoreau

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