Jacob Bronowski Quotes

Jacob Bronowski Quotes: The act of imagination is the opening of the system so that it shows new connections. Every act of act of imagination is the discovery of likenesses between two things which were thought unlike. An example is Newton's thinking of the likeness between the thrown apple and moon sailing majestically in the sky. Hence, the 'discovery' of the laws of gravity.
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Jacob Bronowski Quote: Beyond all our actions stands the larger shadow: How are we to choose between what we have been taught to think right and something else which manifestly succeeds?
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Quotes about Jacob Bronowski: In the moment of appreciation we live again the moment when the creator saw and held the hidden likeness.
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Quote about Jacob Bronowski: But nature - that is, biological evolution - has not fitted man to any specific environment. On the contrary, ... he has a rather crude survival kit; and yet -this is the paradox of the human condition - one that fits him to all environments. Among the multitude of animals which scamper, fly, burrow and swim around us, man is the only one who is not locked into his environment. His imagination, his reason, his emotional subtlety and toughness, make it possible for him not to accept the environment but to change it.
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Jacob Bronowski Sayings: We have to understand that the world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is more important than the eye ... The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.
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Jacob Bronowski Saying: The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation.
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Sayings about Jacob Bronowski: The world is made up of people who never quite get into the first team and who just miss the prizes at the flower show.
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Saying about Jacob Bronowski: Science has nothing to be ashamed of even in the ruins of Nagasaki. The shame is theirs who appeal to other values than the human imaginative values which science has evolved.
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Jacob Bronowski Quotes: There are two parts to the human dilemma. One is the belief that the end justifies the means. That push-button philosophy, that deliberate deafness to suffering, has become the monster in the war machine. The other is the betrayal of the human spirit: the assertion of dogma that closes the mind, and turns a nation, a civilization, into a regiment of ghosts--obedient ghosts or tortured ghosts.
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Jacob Bronowski Quote: The discoveries of science, the works of art are explorations-more, are explosions, of a hidden likeness. The discoverer or artist presents in them two aspects of nature and fuses them into one. This is the act of creation, in which an original thought is born, and it is the same act in original science and original art.
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Quotes about Jacob Bronowski: The private motives of scientists are not the trend of science. The trend of science is made by the needs of society: navigation before the eighteenth century, manufacture thereafter; and in our age I believe the liberation of personality. Whatever the part which scientists like to act, or for that matter which painters like to dress, science shares the aims of our society just as art does.
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Quote about Jacob Bronowski: Who has not hopedTo outrage an enemy's dignity?Who has not been sweptBy the wish to hurt?And who has not thought that the impersonal worldDeserves no better than to be destroyedBy one fabulous sign of his displeasure?
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Jacob Bronowski Sayings: It is often said that the progression from simple to complex runs counter to the normal statistics of chance that are formalized in the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Strictly speaking, we could avoid this criticism simply by insisting that the Second Law does not apply to living systems in the environment in which we find them. For the Second Law applies only when there is no overall flow of energy into or out of a system, whereas all living systems are sustained by a net inflow of energy.
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Jacob Bronowski Saying: A man becomes creative, whether he is an artist or scientist, when he finds a new unity in the variety of nature. He does so by finding a likeness between things which were not thought alike before.
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Sayings about Jacob Bronowski: Mass, time , magnetic moment, the unconscious: we have grown up with these symbolic concepts, so that we are startled to be told that man had once to create them for himself. He had indeed, and he has: for mass is not an intuition in the muscle, and time is not bought ready-made at the watchmaker's.
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Saying about Jacob Bronowski: The idea that the universe is running down comes from a simple observation about machines. Every machine consumes more energy than it renders.
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Jacob Bronowski Quotes: The values by which we are to survive are not rules for just and unjust conduct, but are those deeper illuminations in whose light justice and injustice, good and evil, means and ends are seen in fearful sharpness of outline.
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Jacob Bronowski Quote: The progress of science is the discovery at each step of a new order which gives unity to what had seemed unlike.
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