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"Understanding is, after all, what science is all about — and science is a great deal more than mindless computation."

Roger Penrose

Born: August 8, 1931

Occupation: Physicist

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If you didn't have any conscious beings in the world, there really wouldn't be morality but with consciousness that you have it.

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But I think it is a serious issue to wonder about the other platonic absolutes of say beauty and morality.

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As you say, the way string theory requires all these extra dimensions and this comes from certain consistency requirements about how string should behave and so on.

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My own way of thinking is to ponder long and I hope deeply on problems and for a long time which I keep away for years and years and I never really let them go.

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There are considerable mysteries surrounding the strange values that Nature's actual particles have for their mass and charge. For example, there is the unexplained 'fine structure constant' ... governing...

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The basic theory in twistor theory is not to add extra dimensions.

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Well, gauge theory is very fundamental to our understanding of physical forces these days. But they are also dependent on a mathematical idea, which has been around for longer than gauge theory has.

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Well I didn't actually see the Matrix but I've seen other movies where with similar sorts of themes.

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Understanding is, after all, what science is all about — and science is a great deal more than mindless computation.

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Well, I don't know if I can comment on Kant or Hegel because I'm no real philosopher in the sense of knowing what these people have said in any detail so let me not comment on that too much.

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I was indeed very slow as a youngster.

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I would say the universe has a purpose. It's not there just somehow by chance.

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With thought comprising a non-computational element, computers can never do what we human beings can.

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People think of these eureka moments and my feeling is that they tend to be little things, a little realisation and then a little realisation built on that.

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And these little things may not seem like much but after a while they take you off on a direction where you may be a long way off from what other people have been thinking about.

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Some years ago, I wrote a book called the Emperor's New Mind and that book was describing a point of view I had about consciousness and why it was not something that comes about from complicated calculations.

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It is always the case, with mathematics, that a little direct experience of thinking over things on your own can provide a much deeper understanding than merely reading about them.

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I imagine that whenever the mind perceives a mathematical idea, it makes contact with Plato's world of mathematical concepts... When mathematicians communicate, this is made possible by each one having...

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Ambition, idly vain; revenge and malice swell her train.

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It may well be there is something else going on in the brain that we don't have an inkling of at the moment.

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Consciousness ... is the phenomenon whereby the universe's very existence is made known.

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John A. Van de Walle

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George Santayana

To feel beauty is a better thing than to understand how we come to feel it. To have imagination and taste, to love the best, to be carried by the contemplation of nature to a vivid faith in the ideal,...

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William James

Round about the accredited and orderly facts of every science there ever floats a sort of dust-cloud of exceptional observations, of occurrences minute and irregular and seldom met with, which it always...

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Thomas Carlyle

This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, inscrutable, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it.

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Richard P. Feynman

Philosophers say a great deal about what is absolutely necessary for science, and it is always, so far as one can see, rather naive, and probably wrong.

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Robert Thurman

Buddhism is all about science. If science is the systematic pursuit of the accurate knowledge of reality, then science is Buddhism, Buddhism is science.

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Soren Kierkegaard

Thus our own age is essentially one of understanding, and on the average, perhaps, more knowledgeable than any former generation, but it is without passion. Every one knows a great deal, we all know which...

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Irving Langmuir

[There] are cases where there is no dishonesty involved but where people are tricked into false results by a lack of understanding about what human beings can do to themselves in the way of being led astray...

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Prince Charles

It is baffling, I must say, that in our modern world we have such blind trust in science and technology that we all accept what science tells us about everything - until, that is, it comes to climate science.

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Kurt Vonnegut

A great swindle of our time is the assumption that science has made religion obsolete. All science has damaged is the story of Adam and Eve and the story of Jonah and the Whale. Everything else holds up...

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David Sarnoff

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Erwin Schrodinger

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Robert A. Heinlein

The way to find justice is to deal fairly with other people and not worry about how they deal with you.

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Steve Simmons

Science that fails to embrace all living beings is far more dangerous than any virus!

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Claude Bernard

Even mistaken hypotheses and theories are of use in leading to discoveries. This remark is true in all the sciences. The alchemists founded chemistry by pursuing chimerical problems and theories which...

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Steve King

It is not proven, it's not science. It's more of a religion than a science.

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Fashion is more than fell about science

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Fashion is more about feel than science.

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Margaret Atwood

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Freeman Dyson

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