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Lancelot Law Whyte

Data de nascimento: 1896
Data de falecimento: 1972

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Lancelot Law Whyte was a Scottish philosopher, theoretical physicist, historian of science and financier.

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Citações Lancelot Law Whyte

„It is widely believed that only those who can master the latest quantum mathematics can understand anything of what is happening. That is not so“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte
Context: It is widely believed that only those who can master the latest quantum mathematics can understand anything of what is happening. That is not so, provided one takes the long view, for no one can see far ahead. Against a historical background, the layman can understand what is involved, for example, in the fascinating challenge of continuity and discontinuity expressed in the antithesis of field and particle.<!--p.4

„Nothing is more surprising than the surprises of history, and nothing more untrustworthy than the uncritical extrapolation of the tendencies of the recent past.“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte
Context: Nothing is more surprising than the surprises of history, and nothing more untrustworthy than the uncritical extrapolation of the tendencies of the recent past.<!--p.8

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„No one is so brilliant that he can afford to neglect what history can teach him.“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte
Context: No one is so brilliant that he can afford to neglect what history can teach him.<!--p.11

„A clue to the future must lie in the past“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte
Context: A clue to the future must lie in the past... every scientist, and everyone with intellectual curiosity, can learn something useful from a brief study of the history of atomism.<!--p.4

„The most productive novelties often spring“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte
Context: The most productive novelties often spring, in thought as in biological evolution, from more primitive and simpler forms, rather than from differentiated ones which, through their elaboration, have become too specialized to be adaptable to new tasks.<!--p.8

„The idea that time may be an active factor in causation has the mathematical significance that ' t '“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte
Context: The idea that time may be an active factor in causation has the mathematical significance that ' t ' (for the system in question) must appear explicitly in the formulation of the law.... Such law may claim to express the fact of historic, irreversible duration.

„To rob man of his noblest faculty, the“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte
Context: To rob man of his noblest faculty, the experience of and aspiration to perfection and unity in himself, we can now see to have been a truly hellish surgery.

„Theory confronts experiment, and both sides are a mixture of obscurity and clarity.“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte
Context: Theory confronts experiment, and both sides are a mixture of obscurity and clarity.<!--p.19

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„The basic challenge to mankind is“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte
Context: The basic challenge to mankind is not population, poverty, war, technology, pollution, religious or racial intolerance, or blind nationalism, but an underlying nihilism promoting violence and frustrating sane policies on these issues.... the only hope lies in the emergence of a potentially worldwide consensus of heart, mind, and will, appealing to all sane men and women everywhere... The time has come for the west to speak to the world in universal terms.... the consensus, if it comes, is likely to surprise by its suddenness, timeliness, and universality.

„The material particle or the conscious mind“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte
Context: The material particle or the conscious mind—has been discovered not to be sufficiently unchanging to be treated as a thing in isolation... but more often to be the opposite: a changing system in a changing environment.<!--p.6

„Did ever the history of the intellect so little conceal so much?“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte
Context: Did ever the history of the intellect so little conceal so much?<!--p.6

„Physics and psychology are going somewhere, but where they do not know. But... they are traveling“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte
Context: Physics and psychology are going somewhere, but where they do not know. But... they are traveling from: Democritan permanent particles and the Cartesian mind necessarily aware.... they are both traveling away from the same point of origin and in the same general direction: from the isolation of supposedly permanent "substances" towards the identification of changing relations potentially affecting everything; briefly, from substance to changing relations and structures.

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„Dogmatism in science is usually mistaken“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte
Context: Dogmatism in science is usually mistaken, because the conviction of certainty expresses a psychological compulsion, never any truly compelling reasons or facts. When a view attains wide popularity and seems obviously beyond question, its decline has usually begun or will begin very soon.<!--p.21

„The Western search for unifying truth did not come to an end with Christianity, any more than with the physical theories of forty years ago.“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte
Context: Faced by the dire nihilism of our time, we need a greater honesty... The Western search for unifying truth did not come to an end with Christianity, any more than with the physical theories of forty years ago.

„Two extreme interpretations of atomism have persisted through centuries“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte
Context: Two extreme interpretations of atomism have persisted through centuries: the näive assumption of objectively real indivisible pieces of matter, and the sophisticated view that "atom" is merely a name given to abstractions which it is convenient to assume in simplifying complex phenomena. The second perhaps stems from Ockham, who wrote in 1330 of "the fiction of abstract nouns"; from John Troland, who in 1704 interpreted material particles as mental fictions; and from countless others down to Ernst Mach, who after starting as a physical atomist came to regard atoms as "mental artifices" or "economical ways of symbolizing experience." Both views have advantages...

„When a view attains wide popularity and seems obviously beyond question, its decline has usually begun or will begin very soon.“

—  Lancelot Law Whyte
Context: Dogmatism in science is usually mistaken, because the conviction of certainty expresses a psychological compulsion, never any truly compelling reasons or facts. When a view attains wide popularity and seems obviously beyond question, its decline has usually begun or will begin very soon.<!--p.21

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