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Concepts like those of organization, wholeness, directiveness, teleology, control, self-regulation, differentiation, and the like are alien to conventional science. However, they pop up everywhere in the biological, behavioral, and social sciences and are, in fact, indispensable for dealing with living organisms or social groups. Thus, a basic problem posed to modem science is a general theory of organization. General Systems Theory is, in principle, capable of giving exact definitions for such concepts.
Willpower is more than just a metaphor; self-control is a finite resource.
Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.
Creative thought must always contain a random component.
The highest ecstasy is the attention at its fullest.
No matter what we do, and how dishonestly we play, the brain nudges us to conclude we’re ultimately a better person than most.
When we can't think for ourselves, we can always quote.
There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.
To be a real philosopher all that is necessary is to hate some one else's type of thinking.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
The more a man possesses over and above what he uses, the more careworn he becomes.
What a man can be, he must be.
But if one observes, one will see that the body has its own intelligence; it requires a great deal of intelligence to observe the intelligence of the body.
Ideas never lack for words. It is words that lack ideas. As soon as the idea has come to its last degree of perfection, the word blossoms; or, if you like, it blossoms from the word that presents it and clothes it.
The more you know yourself, the more clarity there is. Self-knowledge has no end - you don't come to an achievement, you don't come to a conclusion. It is an endless river.
an idealist is a hypocrite, because he is always trying to become what he is not, instead of being and understanding what he is.
You cannot buy happiness but you have to pay the price.
People fashion their God after their own understanding. They make their God first and worship him afterwards.
Hope is the normal form of delirium.
Here is a neuron that fires when I reach and grab something, but it also fires when I watch Joe reaching and grabbing something. ... It's as though this neuron is adopting the other person's point of view.
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