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    The theory of evolution must be considered as a scientific theory, as theory, that is, proposed to explain or systemize a set of facts, and that no one has any claim to be considered as a serious rival to Darwin in the "discovery" of this theory who did not conduct his evolutionary studies upon a reasonably wide basis of facts. To have ideas, apercus, is not enough, and it is the overevalutation of such clever but uncontrolled guesses which is apt to produce the ludicrous fallacy of combination, in which fragments of the final theory are collected from widely scattered sources and are combined in such a way as to impugn the originality of him who was the first to see how such a synthesis was possible.

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Adversity is the first path to truth. - Don Juan.

Adversity is the first path to truth. - Don Juan.

by George Gordon Byron Found in: Society Quotes,
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The pen is the tongue of the mind.

The pen is the tongue of the mind.

by Cervantes Found in: Society Quotes,
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It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, read more

It is proof of a base and low mind for one to wish to think with the masses or majority, merely because the majority is the majority. Truth does not change because it is, or is not, believed by a majority of the people.

by Giordano Bruno Found in: Society Quotes,
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Whatever begins to be tranquil is gobbled up by something not tranquil.

Whatever begins to be tranquil is gobbled up by something not tranquil.

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...most scientific problems are far better understood by studying their history than their logic.

...most scientific problems are far better understood by studying their history than their logic.

by Ernst Mayr Found in: Society Quotes,
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Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely read more

Man only plays when in the full meaning of the word he is a man, and he is only completely a man when he plays.

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Some tribes [of monkeys] have taken to washing potatoes in the river before eating them, others have not. Sometimes migrating read more

Some tribes [of monkeys] have taken to washing potatoes in the river before eating them, others have not. Sometimes migrating groups of potato-washers meet non-washers, and the two groups watch each other's strange behavior with apparent bewilderment. But unlike the inhabitants of Lilliput, who fought holy crusades over the question at which end to break the egg, the potato-washing monkeys do not go to war with the non-washers, because the poor creatures have no language which would enable them to declare washing a diving commandment and eating unwashed potatoes a deadly heresy.

by Arthur Koestler Found in: Society Quotes,
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Specialization is for insects.

Specialization is for insects.

by Robert Heinlein Found in: Society Quotes,
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Our understanding of the world is achieved more effectively by conceptual improvements than by discovery of new facts...

Our understanding of the world is achieved more effectively by conceptual improvements than by discovery of new facts...

by Ernst Mayr Found in: Society Quotes,
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