// banach's | Philosophy Department at St. Anselm College //

Clearly a statement cannot be tested by observation unless it is an assertion about the results of observation. Every item of physical knowledge must therefore be an assertion of what has been or would be the result of carrying out a specified observational procedure.

He who doubts the reality of the four-dimensional world (for logical, as distinct from experimental, reasons) can only be compared to a man who doubts the reality of the penny, and prefers to regard one of its innumerable appearances as the real object.

There is no individual thing in nature, than which there is not another more powerful and strong. Whatsoever thing be given, there is something stronger whereby it can be destroyed.

As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain; and as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality.

It has yet to be proven that intelligence has any survival value.

Something unknown is doing we don't know what.

Reality is only obtained when all conceivable points of view have been combined.

Ethical axioms are found and tested not very differently from the axioms of science. Truth is what stands the test of experience.

What we are observing is not nature herself, but nature exposed to our type of question.

It is a good rule not to put overmuch confidence in a theory until it has been confirmed by observation. I hope I shall not shock the experimental physicists too much if I add that it is also a good rule not to put overmuch confidence in the observational results that are put forward until they have been confirmed by theory.