All observers not laboring under hallucinations of the senses are agreed, or can be made to agree, about facts of sensible experience, through evidence toward which the intellect is merely passive, and over which the individual will and character have no control.
Natural Selection never made it come to pass, as a habit of nature, that an unsupported stone should move downwards rather than upwards. It applies to no part of inorganic nature, and is very limited even in the phenomena of organic life.
The big artist keeps an eye on nature and steals her tools.- Thomas Eakins
The writer is by nature a dreamer - a conscious dreamer.- Carson McCullers
Nature is usually wrong.- James McNeill Whistler
Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth.- Marcus Tullius Cicero
For the mind disturbed, the still beauty of dawn is nature's finest balm.- Edwin Way Teale
Comments on: "Chauncey Wright Quotes: Natural Selection never made it come to pass, as a habit of nature,..."
By what criterion… can we distinguish among the numberless effects, that are also causes, and among the causes that may, for aught we can know, be also effects, – how can we distinguish which are the means and which are the ends?
If they are, then the only ultimate truths are the particulars of concrete experience, and no postulate or general assumption is inherent in science until its proceedings become systematic, or the truths already reached give direction to further research.
|Birth:||10th September, 1830|
|Death:||12th September, 1875|
Chauncey Wright was born in Northampton, Massachusetts. He was an American philosopher and mathematician. In 1852 he graduated from Harvard and became computer to the American Ephemeris and Nautical Almanac. From 1863 to 1870 he was secretary and recorder to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in the last year of his life he lectured on mathematical physics at Harvard.
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