„(Crank theories) always violated the first rule of a scientific model: they were uncheckable.“

—  Gregory Benford, Timescape, Timescape (1980), Chapter 17 (p. 235)
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„It is man's highest interest not to violate, or attempt to violate, the rules which Infinite Wisdom has laid down.“

—  Thomas Jackson Confederate general 1824 - 1863
Misattributed, Context: It is man's highest interest not to violate, or attempt to violate, the rules which Infinite Wisdom has laid down. The means by which men are to attain great elevation may be classed in three divisions — physical, mental, and moral. Whatever relates to health, belongs to the first; whatever relates to the improvement of the mind, belongs to the second. The formation of good manners and virtuous habits constitutes the third.

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„Darwinism is not a testable scientific theory, but a metaphysical research program.“

—  Karl Popper Austrian-British philosopher of science 1902 - 1994
Unended Quest: An Intellectual Autobiography (1976), Unsourced variant: Evolution is not a fact. Evolution doesn't even qualify as a theory or as a hypothesis. It is a metaphysical research program, and it is not really testable science. Popper later retracted his criticisms: I have changed my mind about the testability and logical status of the theory of natural selection; and I am glad to have an opportunity to make a recantation. :* "Natural selection and the emergence of mind" dialectica http://www.dialectica.ch/ Vol. 32 (1978), p. 339-355; republished in Evolutionary Epistemology, Rationality, and the Sociology of Knowledge (1987) edited by Gerard Radnitzky and W. W. Bartley, III

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„Neither evolution nor creation qualifies as a scientific theory.“

—  Duane Gish American biochemist 1921 - 2013
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„Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena.“

—  Wilhelm Reich Austrian-American psychoanalyst 1897 - 1957
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„The standard model longs for the Higgs particle in order to be a sound theory.“

—  Jos Engelen Dutch physicist 1950
Dit model wil het Higgs deeltje om een zinnige theorie te zijn. in an interview on Dutch TV-channel VARA De wereld draait door http://dewerelddraaitdoor.vara.nl/Zoeken.603.0.html?&q=jos+engelen, on January 9, 2008.

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