An ideological movement is a collection of people many of whom could hardly bake a cake, fix a car, sustain a friendship or a marriage, or even do a quadratic equation, yet they believe they know how to rule the world. The university, in which it is possible to combine theoretical pretension with comprehensive ineptitude, has become the natural habitat of the ideological enthusiast. A kind of adventure playground, carefully insulated from reality in order to prevent absent-minded professors from bumping into things as they explore transcendental realms, has become the institutional base for civilizational self-hatred.
This is the key of modern science and is the beginning of the true understanding of nature . This idea . That to look at the things, to record the details, and to hope that in the information thus obtained, may lie a clue to one or another of a possible Theoretical interpretation.richard feynman
I will clarify a distinction that I consider fundamental to political ecology. I shall distinguish the environment as commons from the environment as resource. On our ability to make this particular distinction depends not only the construction of a sound Theoretical ecology, but also and more importantly effective ecological jurisprudence.
We do not aim at « mathematical rigour » of exposition, which in Theoretical physics often amounts to self-deception.
At present, when the prevailing forms of society have become hindrances to the free expression of human powers, it is precisely the abstract branches of science, mathematics and Theoretical physics, which ... offer a less distorted form of knowledge than other branches of science which are interwoven with the pattern of daily life, and the practicality of which seemingly testifies to their realistic character.max horkheimer
The way I solved the Theoretical problem was to go into the shop and build something concrete.
The number one problem in academia today is not ignorant students but ignorant professors, who have substituted narrow “expertise” and “Theoretical sophistication” (a preposterous term) for breadth and depth of learning in the world history of art and thought. … Art is a vast, ancient interconnected web-work, a fabricated tradition. Overconcentration on any one point is a distortion. This is one of the primary reasons for the dullness and ineptitude of so much twentieth-criticism, as compared to nineteenth-century belles-lettres.camille paglia
The successes of modern control theory in the design of highly accurate space navigation systems have stimulated its use in the Theoretical analyses of economic and biological systems. Similarly, the effectiveness of computer simulation techniques in the macroscopic analyses of physical systems has brought into vogue the use of computer-based econometric models for purposes of forecasting, economic planning, arid management.
General Systems Theory is a name which has come into use to describe a level of Theoretical model-building which lies somewhere between the highly generalized constructions of pure mathematics and the specific theories of the specialized disciplines. Mathematics attempts to organize highly general relationships into a coherent system, a system however which does not have any necessary connections with the "real" world around us. It studies all thinkable relationships abstracted from any concrete situation or body of empirical knowledge.
The Eudemian Summary ascribes to Thales the invention of the theorems on the equality of vertical angles, the equality of the angles at the base of an isosceles triangle, the bisection of a circle by any diameter, and the congruence of two triangles having a side and the two adjacent angles equal respectively. The last theorem he applied to the measurement of the distances of ships from the shore. Thus Thales was the first to apply Theoretical geometry to practical uses.
The existential attitude is one of involvement in contrast to a merely Theoretical or detached attitude. “Existential” in this sense can be defined as participating in a situation, especially a cognitive situation, with the whole of one’s existence.paul tillich
One of the most fertile and original men I have ever known. ... He was a rare combination, almost unique, of a Theoretical physicist and a thoroughly practical engineer.w. w. hansen
German Nazism could not have succeeded in establishing itself except as a result of the Theoretical contributions of Fichte, Goethe and Nietzsche, coupled with the ingenious and mighty leadership of Hitler and his comrades.abul ala maududi
A number of current Theoretical explorations will turn out to be passing fancies...abraham pais
When I made my Theoretical model, I could not have guessed that people would try to realise it with Molotov cocktails.theodor adorno
Our relationships as experimentalists with Theoretical physicists should be like those with a beautiful woman – we should accept with gratitude any favours she offers, but we should not expect too much nor believe all that is said.lev artsimovich
I am now convinced that Theoretical physics is actually philosophy . It has revolutionized fundamental concepts, e.g., abut space and time (relativity), about causality (quantum theory), and about substance and matter (atomistics). It has taught us new methods of thinking (complimentarity), which are applicable far beyond physics.Max Born
The most important tool of the Theoretical physicist is his wastebasket.Albert Einstein
[Critical social science attempts] to determine when Theoretical statements grasp invariant regularities of social action as such and when they express ideologically frozen relations of dependence that can in principle be transformed.jürgen habermas
One thing most of us agree on is that the universe exists (people who deny that usually follow some trade other than science), so if some Theoretical particle interaction would lead ultimately to the nonexistence of the universe, then you can save a lot of electricity by not trying to demonstrate it.joe haldeman
They [free market policies] were never based on solid empirical and Theoretical foundations, and even as many of these policies were being pushed, academic economists were explaining the limitations of markets for instance, whenever information is imperfect, which is to say always.joseph e. stiglitz
To avert the danger [posed by theory] to life, Nietzsche could choose one of two ways: he could insist on the strictly esoteric character of the Theoretical analysis of life that is, restore the Platonic notion of the noble delusion or else he could deny the possibility of theory proper and so conceive of thought as essentially subservient to, or dependent on, life or fate... If not Nietzsche himself, at any rate his successors [Heidegger] adopted the second alternative.leo strauss
Communication theory is enormously rich in the range of ideas that fall within its nominal scope, and new Theoretical work on communication has recently been flourishing. Nevertheless, despite the ancient roots and growing profusion of theories about communication, I argue that communication theory as an identifiable field of study does not yet exist.
Christian preaching … does not offer a doctrine which can be accepted either by reason or by a sacrificium intellectus . Christian preaching is kerygma , that is, a proclamation addressed not to the Theoretical reason, but to the hearer as a self.
Yet it must be remembered that the essential Theoretical core of the book - the relationship between oversaving, foreign investment and imperialism - appeared in an article written in 1898, before his South African trip.
We have treated the loss of our fetuses as a Theoretical loss, a sad-but-necessary loss, as of civilians in wartime. We have not yet realized that the offspring lost are not the enemy's, nor our neighbor's, but our own. And it is not a loss of inert, amorphous tissue, but of a growing being unique in history.
Bourgeois morality tries to maintain an illusion of altruism, whereas in all other areas bourgeois thinking has long since assumed a Theoretical as well as an economic egocentrism.