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Celia Green

"Research is a way of taking calculated risks to bring about incalculable consequences."

Celia Green, The Decline and Fall of Science (1976)

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"The way to do research is to attack the facts at the point of greatest astonishment."

Celia Green, The Decline and Fall of Science (1976)

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"The psychology of committees is a special case of the psychology of mobs."

Celia Green, The Decline and Fall of Science (1976)

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"The only important thing to realise about history is that it all took place in the last five minutes."

Celia Green, The Decline and Fall of Science (1976)

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"In an autocracy, one person has his way; in an aristocracy, a few people have their way; in a democracy, no one has his way."

Celia Green, The Decline and Fall of Science (1976)

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"The human race's favorite method for being in control of facts is to ignore them."

Celia Green, The Decline and Fall of Science (1976)

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"The charms of money are distinctly under-represented in literature. There are no songs or poems extolling its virtues. This seems on the face of it strange. The claims of money to be celebrated in verse might well seem to be no less than those of faithful dogs, beautiful women, or jugs of wine."

Celia Green, The Decline and Fall of Science (1976)

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"Physics has never been a comfortable subject for human psychology. The desire to regard everything outside the human race's purview as insignificant, and everything within that purview as firmly under the control of tribal myth and custom, is as strong today as it was in the time of Galileo."

Celia Green, The Decline and Fall of Science (1976)

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"The chief difficulty of modern theoretical physics resides not in the fact that it expresses itself almost exclusively in mathematical symbols, but in the psychological difficulty of supposing that complete nonsense can be seriously promulgated and transmitted by persons who have sufficient intelligence of some kind to perform operations in differential and integral calculus ... "

Celia Green, The Decline and Fall of Science (1976)

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"People having religions is an insult to the universe."

Celia Green, The Decline and Fall of Science (1976)

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"People have been marrying and bringing up children for centuries now. Nothing has ever come of it."

Celia Green, The Decline and Fall of Science (1976)

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"Lack of clarity is always a sign of dishonesty."

Celia Green, The Decline and Fall of Science (1976)

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"That society exists to frustrate the individual may be seen from its attitude to work. It is only morally acceptable if you do not want to do it. If you do want to, it becomes a personal pleasure."

Celia Green, The Decline and Fall of Science (1976)

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"It is easier to study the 'behavior' of rats than people, because rats are smaller and have fewer outside commitments. So modern psychology is mostly about rats"

Celia Green, The Decline and Fall of Science (1976)

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"The remarkable thing about the human kind is its range of limitations."

Celia Green, The Decline and Fall of Science (1976)

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"Only the impossible is worth attempting. In everything else one is sure to fail. "

Celia Green, The Decline and Fall of Science (1976)

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"It is inconceivable that anything should be existing. It is not inconceivable that a lot of people should also be existing who are not interested in the fact that they exist. But it is certainly very odd."

Celia Green, The Decline and Fall of Science (1976)

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"If you stand up to the human race you lose something called their 'goodwill'; if you kowtow to them you gain ... their permission to continue kowtowing."

Celia Green, The Decline and Fall of Science (1976)

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"Society expresses its sympathy for the geniuses of the past to distract attention from the fact that it has no intention of being sympathetic to the geniuses of the present. "

Celia Green, The Decline and Fall of Science (1976)

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"When people talk about 'the sanctity of the individual' they mean 'the sanctity of the statistical norm.'"

Celia Green, The Decline and Fall of Science (1976)

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"It is curious that while one's education is the part of one's life over the conditions of which one has least individual control, the results of it are held to brand one irrevocably."

Celia Green, The Decline and Fall of Science (1976)

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"In the universe there is room for an infinite series of beginnings."

Celia Green, Advice to Clever Children (1981)

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"You can never possess anything finite; that only leaves the infinite."

Celia Green, Advice to Clever Children (1981)

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"There is nothing so risky as security."

Celia Green, Advice to Clever Children (1981)

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"Children need admiration rather than affection."

Celia Green, Advice to Clever Children (1981)

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"The human race wished me to accept the limitations with which it had thoughtfully provided me."

Celia Green, Advice to Clever Children (1981)

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"The fact that everyone emotionally believes this [their own survival of death] is totally independent of any view on the matter which they may openly profess. It is clear that everyone is behaving as though they are going to live forever. This is the only way in which their lack of any sense of urgency can be made comprehensible. And, furthermore, they do not believe that ageing is an irreversible process. Emotionally they regard it as a temporary episode."

Celia Green, Advice to Clever Children (1981)

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"Risk-taking is intrinsic to existential psychology; it is also intrinsic to mental activity, which is doubtless why the latter is so rare."

Celia Green, Advice to Clever Children (1981)

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"It used to be regarded as a theological problem that God could be indifferent to the continuance of human suffering. What is really remarkable is that the human race can be."

Celia Green, Advice to Clever Children (1981)

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"The horror is that nobody is seeing the horror."

Celia Green, Advice to Clever Children (1981)

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"Prayer is the final dishonesty. You commune with your own psychology and obtain its whole-hearted approval."

Celia Green, Advice to Clever Children (1981)

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Celia Green, English psychophysicist, philosophical scepticist
(1935 - )

Full name: Celia Elizabeth Green. This is one of my all-time favorite books.