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Charlie Dunbar Broad
(30 Dec 1887 - 11 Mar 1971)

British philosopher of science.

Science Quotes by Charlie Dunbar Broad (2 quotes)

I shall no doubt be blamed by certain scientists, and, I am afraid, by some philosophers, for having taken serious account of the alleged facts which are investigated by Psychical Researchers. I am wholly impenitent about this. The scientists in question seem to me to confuse the Author of Nature with the Editor of Nature; or at any rate to suppose that there can be no productions of the former which would not be accepted for publication by the latter. And I see no reason to believe this.
— Charlie Dunbar Broad
The Mind and its Place in Nature (1925), viii.
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It is worth remembering (though there is nothing that we can do about it) that the world as it really is may easily be a far nastier place than it would be if scientific materialism were the whole truth and nothing but the truth about it.
— Charlie Dunbar Broad
Lectures on Psychical Research, Incorporating the Perrot Lectures Given in Cambridge University in 1959 and 1960 (1962), 430.
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