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Do not think that what is hard for you to master is humanly impossible; but if a thing is humanly possible, consider it to be within your reach.

It is crazy to want what is impossible. And impossible for the wicked not to do so.

Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.

Remember that all is opinion.

There is a limit to the time assigned you, and if you don’t use it to free yourself it will be gone and never return.

We are all made for mutual assistance, as the feet, the hands, and the eyelids, as the rows of the upper and under teeth, from whence it follows that clashing and opposition is perfectly unnatural.

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.

Determinism

In a network of connected experiences where all but two experiences have degree 2 and the remainder have degree 1, that network is deterministic, else it is indeterministic.

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Experience

For any experience that can be represented as a set of entities and the relationships between those entities, it can be graphed as a network and represented as a matrix. Any experience that succeeds from another experience as a result of actions and or perspectives applied to the preceding experience, can be represented as an […]

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The Duality of Nature and Artifice

If at least part of an experience is mutually recognized among a set of observers and is immutable under an application of perspective by that set of observers, then that part of an experience is natural and its remainder is artificial. Therefore, that which is natural is not artificial and that which is artificial is […]

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Natural Science

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Artificial Science

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It is not the physical process that is irreversible, but rather our ability to follow it.

Experience is never at fault; it is only your judgment that is in error in promising itself such results from experience as are not caused by our experiments. For having given a beginning, what follows from it must necessarily be a natural development of such a beginning, unless it has been subject to a contrary influence, while, if it is affected by any contrary influence, the result which ought to follow from the aforesaid beginning will be found to partake of this contrary influence in a greater or less degree in proportion as the said influence is more or less powerful than the aforesaid beginning.

Those who are enamoured of practice without science, are like the pilot who embarks in a ship without rudder or compass and who is never certain where he is going

Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence as I said before with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.

I have not as yet been able to discover the reason for these properties of gravity from phenomena, and I do not frame hypotheses. For whatever is not deduced from the phenomena must be called a hypothesis; and hypotheses, whether metaphysical or physical, or based on occult qualities, or mechanical, have no place in experimental philosophy.

In this philosophy particular propositions are inferred from the phenomena, and afterwards rendered general by induction. Thus it was that the impenetrability, the mobility, and the impulsive force of bodies, and the laws of motion and of gravitation, were discovered. And to us it is enough, that gravity does really exist, and act according to the laws which we have explained, and abundantly serves to account for all the motions of the celestial bodies, and of our sea.

True peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.