|Favourite philosophers||Arthur Schopenhauer, Noam Chomsky, Galen Strawson, Susan Haack, Raymond Tallis, Ralph Cudworth, Bryan Magee|
"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
"While Newton seemed to draw off the veil from some of the mysteries of nature, he shewed at the same time the imperfections of the mechanical philosophy; and thereby restored her ultimate secrets to that obscurity, in which they ever did and ever will remain."
- David Hume
"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
"But in point of fact, there is neither spirit nor matter, but a great deal of nonsense and fancies in the world. 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
"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
"All you touch and all you see, is all your life will ever be."
- Pink Floyd
"If one has not felt a kind of vertigo of astonishment, when facing the thought, obligatory for all materialists, that consciousness is a wholly physical phenomenon in every respect, including every experiential respect – a sense of having been precipitated into a completely new confrontation with the utter strangeness of the physical… then one hasn’t begun to be a thoughtful materialist. One hasn’t got to the starting line."
- Galen Strawson