|Favourite philosophers||Arthur Schopenhauer, John Locke, David Hume, Ralph Cudworth, Noam Chomsky, Galen Strawson, Raymond Tallis, Susan Haack, Bryan Magee, Lucy Allais|
"It's always night or we wouldn't need light."
- Thelonious Monk
“Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way: Stop participating in it."
- Noam Chomsky
"Though it was not the intention of God or nature to abuse us herein, but a most wise contrivance thus to beautify and adorn the visible and material world, to add lusture and embellishment to it, that it might have charms, relishes, and allurements in it. Whereas otherwise really in itself, the whole corporeal world in its naked hue, is nothing else but a heap of dust or atoms…"
- Ralph Cudworth
"Is there any principle in all nature more mysterious than the union of soul with body; by which a supposed spiritual substance acquires such an influence over a material one, that the most refined thought is able to actuate the grossest matter? Were we empowered, by a secret wish, to remove mountains, or control the planets in their orbit; this extensive authority would not be more extraordinary, nor more beyond our comprehension."
- David Hume
"...From all which it is evident, that the extent of our knowledge comes not only short of the reality of things, but even of the extent of our own ideas. Though our knowledge be limited to our ideas, and cannot exceed them either in extent or perfection; and though these be very narrow bounds... and far short of what we may justly imagine to be in some even created understandings, not tied down to the dull and narrow information that is to be received from some few, and not very acute, ways of perception, such as are our senses; yet it would be well with us if our knowledge were but as large as our ideas, and there were not many doubts and inquiries concerning the ideas we have, whereof we are not, nor I believe ever shall be in this world resolved."
- John Locke
"Further empirical research… within the current way of understanding the problem will not take us any closer to a[n]… explanation of consciousness. What is needed is a revolution in the way in which we approach the problem. This may require us to see that it is more than a problem… It is a mystery."
- Raymond Tallis
"The tendency to gravity in the stone is precisely as inexplicable as is thinking in the human brain, and so on this score, we could also infer a spirit in the stone. Therefore to these disputants [between 'spiritualists' and 'materialists'] I would say: you think you know a dead matter, that is, one that is completely passive and devoid of properties, because you imagine you really understand everything that you are able to reduce to mechanical effect. But… you are unable to reduce them… If matter can fall to earth without you knowing why, so can it also think without you knowing why… If your dead and purely passive matter can as heaviness gravitate, or as electricity attract, repel, and emit spark, so too as brain pulp can it think."
- Arthur Schopenhauer
"All you touch and all you see, is all your life will ever be."
- Pink Floyd
"I remember when I lost my mind
There was something so pleasant about that place
Even your emotions have an echo in so much space
And when you're out there without care
Yeah, I was out of touch
But it wasn't because I didn't know enough
I just knew too much."
- Gnarles Barkley