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◆ For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. You never know what it's going to look like on the other side, but you'll see it eventually if you keep your eyes open.
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◆ The theory that can absorb the greatest number of facts, and persist in doing so, generation after generation, through all changes of opinion and detail, is the one that must rule all observation.
- Adam Smith98
◆ Knowledge is not a series of self consistent theories that converges towards an ideal view; it is rather an ever increasing ocean of mutually incompatible (and perhaps even incommensurable) alternatives, each single theory, each fairy tale, each myth
- Paul Feyerabend98
◆ Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena.
- Wilhelm Reich98
◆ If Darwin's theory should be true, it will not degrade man; it will simply raise the whole animal world into dignity, leaving man as far in advance as he is at present
- George Eliot98
◆ It is a test of true theories not only to account for but to predict phenomena
- William Whewell98
◆ Einstein explained his theory to me every day, and on my arrival I was fully convinced that he understood it.
- Chaim Weizmann98
◆ First, you know, a new theory is attacked as absurd; then it is admitted to be true, but obvious and insignificant; finally it is seen to be so important that its adversaries claim that they themselves discovered it
- William James98
◆ Generally, the theories we believe we call facts, and the facts we disbelieve we call theories
- Felix Cohen98
◆ The popularity of conspiracy theories is explained by people's desire to believe that there is - some group of folks who know what they're doing
- Damon Knight98
◆ It is the theory that decides what can be observed
- Albert Einstein98
◆ How empty is theory in the presence of fact
- Mark Twain98

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