Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Quotes: Understanding. Uniform. Unity and Multiplicity. Universe. Universities. Utilitarianism.

Understanding 241 …seeing is not the same thing as understanding. [knowledge] Eiseley, The Star Thrower

Fanatical nationalism undermines belief in international understanding.
Understanding 160 “Fanatical nationalism”—the conscious and systematic undermining of faith in international understanding. Bracher, The German Dictatorship

A uniform sways the ladies.
Uniform 524 …a good uniform must work its way with the women sooner or later. Dickens, Pickwick.

Uniforms never seem to fit exactly.
Uniforms 18 …general postman’s coat—queer coats those—made by contract—no measuring—mysterious dispensations of Providence—all the short men get long coats—all the long men short ones. Dickens, Pickwick.

Unity and Multiplicity
The oldest problem in philosophy: bringing multiplicity into unity.
Unity and multiplicity 167 “The attempt to bridge the chasm between multiplicity and unity is the oldest problem of philosophy, religion, and science,” observed Henry Adams in Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres (1905). Boorstin, The Americans: Colonial Experience

Multiplicity is different aspects of the same unity.
Unity, multiplicity 10 Ira Wolfert: Multiplicity is merely different aspects of the same unity. Hull, ed. The Writer’s Book.

Minute Earth and lonely man in a huge universe.
Universe 116 In a universe whose size is beyond human imagining, where our world floats like a dust mote in the void of night, men have grown inconceivably lonely. Eiseley, The Immense Journey

The universe has been widened by the telescope and the microscope.
Universe 218 Between the telescope and the microscope the Adamic universe has widened, that’s all. Eiseley, The Star Thrower

Speeds of different bodies in the universe.
Universe 29 The entire solar system…is moving within the local star system at the rate of 13 miles a second; the local star system is moving within the Milky Way at the rate of 200 miles a second; and the whole Milky Way is drifting with respect to the remote external galaxies at the rate of 100 miles a second—and all in different directions! Barnett, The Universe and Dr. Einstein

The Nazis closed the universities in Czechoslovakia and Poland and sent their professors to concentration camps.
Universities 272 The role accorded scholarship and universities in the “new order of Europe” was made clear in 1939, when the universities of occupied Czechoslovakia and Poland were closed and the majority of their professors sent to concentration camps. Bracher, The German Dictatorship

The Nazis destroyed the universities to destroy the intellectual centers that might resist the intended destiny of their countries as satellites and slaves for the Nazis.
Universities 272 …intended to decimate the universities of northern and western Europe, with the clearly stated purpose of depriving non-German countries of their intellectual center, of reducing their powers of resistance, and of making them amenable to their future roles as satellites (in the West) or slaves (in the East). Bracher, The German Dictatorship

Universities served the system, not the cause of truth.
Universities 56 …university authorities, who we thought were merely serving the system and not the cause of truth. Sevareid, Not So Wild a Dream.

Utilitarianism was added to goodness, beauty and truth as the aims of man.
Utilitarianism 469 Croce’s...elevation of the concept of Utility to a parity of Goodness, Beauty, and Truth. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Benedetto Croce.

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