"In the natural sciences it is assumed that, in principle, it is possible to make an organism (for instance a dog) out of lifeless matter (already a fertilized egg cell will do). We may assume that such a dog will have all the mental experiences of a dog-made dog. Evolutionists believe that the experiment of making a dog out of lifeless matter has already been done during evolution. Even nowadays dogs are believed to make new dogs out of food only."

J. van Rooijen, “Interactionism and Evolution: A Critique of Popper” (1987)

"Love and do what you will."


"Materia mendacium verax. Matter is a lie, and yet true."

Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Representation, Vol. 2


"Now I have put all my hope in Schelling" 
-Kierkegaard November, 1842

"Schelling has disappointed my expectations"
-Kierkegaard February, 1843

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"The first thing the intellect does with an object is to class it along with something else. But any object that is infinitely important to us and awakens our devotion feels to us also as if it must be sui generis and unique. Probably a crab would be filled with a sense of personal outrage if it could hear us class it without ado or apology as a crustacean, and thus dispose of it. ‘I am no such thing,’ it would say; ‘I am MYSELF, MYSELF alone’."

William James, Varieties of Religious Experience

"… dualism, it has been said, means chopping the world in two with a hatchet. It is indeed a murderous stroke, and leaves us with two dead and impotent halves in place of the living whole. Or worse, it gives us two sets of abstractions in place of one reality."

James Ward, Naturalism and Agnosticism


Word on the street


Word on the street

"Vain is the word of a philosopher by whom no suffering is cured."


"Things are everywhere and always just as they are in us now."

Leibniz to Lady Damaris Masham, 1704

"Neti neti (not this, not this.)"

the Upanishads

"… the concept of ‘mere dead insentient matter’ is an appeal to invincible ignorance. At no time will this expression ever constitute knowledge. Long ago Leibniz saw this with wonderful clarity, but he hid the importance of his insight by interweaving it with some of the most extraordinary fantasies in intellectual history …"

Charles Hartshorne, Physics and Psychics: The Place of Mind in Nature

"Music, states of happiness, mythology, faces belabored by time, certain twilights and certain places try to tell us something, or have said something we should not have missed, or are about to say something; this imminence of a revelation which does not occur is, perhaps, the aesthetic phenomenon."

Jorge Luis Borges

"Das Ich ist unrettbar."

Ernst Mach

Library tragedy

"So far we have spoken only on the level of physical inquiry; now we must move up to the metaphysical by making use of the great principle, not very widely used, which says that nothing comes about without a sufficient reason; that is, that nothing happens without its being possible for someone who understands things well enough to provide a reason sufficient to determine why it is as it is and not otherwise. Given that principle, the first question we are entitled to ask will be why is there something rather than nothing? After all, a nothing is simpler and easier than a something. And moreover, even if we assume that things have to exist, we must be able to give a reason why they have to exist as they are and not otherwise."

Leibniz, Principles of Nature and Grace