One of the biggest roles of science fiction is to prepare people to accept the future without pain and to encourage a flexibility of mind . Politicians should read science fiction, not westerns and detective stories. Two-thirds of 2001 is realistic hardware and technology to establish background for the metaphysical , philosophical , and religious meanings later.
Three principles — the conformability of nature to herself, the applicability of the criterion of simplicity, and the "unreasonable effectiveness" of certain parts of mathematics in describing physical reality — are thus consequences of the underlying law of the elementary particles and their interactions. Those three principles need not be assumed as separate Metaphysical postulates. Instead, they are emergent properties of the fundamental laws of physics.murray gell-mann
The ancient Hindu philosophers stated as a fundamental truth that the world of our sense - experience is all illusion (maya), that change, plurality, and causation are not real, but there is one reality, God . This is Metaphysical Monism of the idelalistic-spiritual type, tending towards mysticism .
The easiest and most popular way of practically refuting... any Fallacy is, by bringing forward a parallel case, where it leads to a manifest absurdity. A Metaphysical objection may still be urged against many cases in which we thus reason from calculation of chances; an objection not likely indeed practically to influence any one, but which may afford the Sophist a triumph over those who are unable to find a solution.
In contrast to Breton we believe that behind the false ethical and aesthetic, indeed Metaphysical understandings which are out of contact with the vital interest of "man" we find the real, the materialistic ethics and aesthetics. One includes our needs, the other is an expression of our sensual desires. It is exactly in order to liberate the true ethics and the true aesthetics that we make use of "automatism."
Metaphysical problems about "mind" versus "matter" arise only from epistemological confusions.raymond smullyan
Metaphysical fallacies contain the only clues we have to what thinking means to those who engage in it.hannah arendt
They have lost the Metaphysical senseOf the future, they feel themselvesThe end of a chainOf lives, single livesAnd we know that livesAre singleAnd cannot defendThe metaphysicOn which restThe boundariesOf our distances.george oppen
And we saw the seed,The minuscule Sequoia seedIn the museum by the tremendous slabOf the tree. And imagined the seedIn soil and the growth quickenedSo that we saw the seed reach out, forcingEarth thru itself into bark, wood, the greenNeedles of a redwood until the treeStood in the room without soil—How much of the earth'sCrust has livedThe seed’s violence!The shock is Metaphysical.george oppen
I have now so many fundamental thoughts, so many really Metaphysical things to say, that I suddenly get tired and decide not to write more, not to think more, but allow the fever of saying to make me sleepy, and fondle, with closed eyes, as if to a cat, all that I could have said.fernando pessoa
At the end of Being and Nothingness ...[,] Being in-itself and Being for-itself were of Being ; and this totality of beings, in which they were effected, itself was linked up to itself, relating and appearing to itself, by means of the essential project of human-reality. What was named in this way, in an allegedly neutral and undetermined way, was nothing other than the Metaphysical unity of man and God, the relation of man to God, the project of becoming God as the project constituting human-reality. Atheism changes nothing in this fundamental structure.jacques derrida
Our psychology is ... a science of mere phenomena without any Metaphysical implications. [It] Treats all Metaphysical claims and assertions as mental phenomena, and regards them as statements about the mind and its structure.carl jung
In the Metaphysical elements of aesthetics the various nonmoral feelings are to be made use of; in the elements of moral metaphysics the various moral feelings of men, according to the differences in sex, age, education, and government, of races and climates, are to be employed.Immanuel Kant
The soul contains few secrets and longings which cannot be sensibly discussed, analyzed, and polled. Solitude, the very condition which sustained the individual against and beyond his society, has become technically impossible. Logical and linguistic analysis demonstrate that the old Metaphysical problems are illusory problems; the quest for the “meaning” of things can be reformulated as the quest for the meaning of words, and the established universe of discourse and behavior can provide perfectly adequate criteria for the answer.herbert marcuse
For to love is to give what one is, his very being, in the most absolute, the most brazenly Metaphysical, the least phenomenalizable sense of this word.jacques maritain
Darwinism is not a testable scientific theory, but a Metaphysical research program.karl popper
Maya, one of the key terms in Hindu religious tradition, is used in various connotations, implying a principle, power or process. Since in Hindu view non-existence can never be the source of creation (just as a plant can never sprout without a seed), maya is the Metaphysical principle that is used in Hindu religion to explain the projection of the phenomenal world by Brahman .
In Hindu view, the cause of human birth is not Original Sin (from Christian doctrine), but the original ignorance called maya. The difference between these two concepts is that the Original Sin is a moral error whereas the original ignorance (maya) is the lack of the right knowledge of the Ultimate Reality, a Metaphysical error.
In Hinduism there are different opinions from various schools of thought on Hell which is called Naraka. For some it is Metaphysical , or a lower spiritual plane (called Naraka Loka) where the spirit is judged, or partial fruits of Karma affected in a next life .
General systems theory is the scientific exploration of "wholes" and "wholeness" which, not so long ago, were considered Metaphysical notions transcending the boundaries of science. Hierarchic structure, stability, teleology , differentiation, approach to and maintenance of steady states, goal-directedness these are a few of such general system properties.
The spontaneous tendency to invoke a Final Cause in explanation of every difficulty is characteristic of Metaphysical philosophy. It arises from a general tendency towards the impersonation of abstractions which is visible throughout History.george henry lewes
I have now so many fundamental thoughts, so many really Metaphysical things to say, that I suddenly get tired and decide not to write more, not to think more, but allow the fever of saying to make me sleepy, and fondle, with closed eyes, as if to a cat, all that I could have said.
Europe is so well gardened that it resembles a work of art, a scientific theory, a neat Metaphysical system. Man has re-created Europe in his own image.
The ancient Hindu philosophers stated as a fundamental truth that the world of our sense-experience is all illusion ( maya ), that change, plurality, and causation are not real, that there is but one reality, God. This is Metaphysical Monism of the idealistic-spiritual type, tending towards mysticism .
The interest of Jainism to the students of religion consists in the fact that it goes back to a very early period and to Primitive currents of religious and Metaphysical speculations , which gave rise to the oldest philosophies Sankhya , Yoga and to Buddhism .
Art is the supreme task and the truly Metaphysical activity in this life …