Cog Quotes (3 quotes)
I think we are beginning to suspect that man is not a tiny cog that doesnt really make much difference to the running of the huge machine but rather that there is a much more intimate tie between man and the universe than we heretofore suspected. [Consider if] the particles and their properties are not somehow related to making man possible. Man, the start of the analysis, man, the end of the analysisbecause the physical world is, in some deep sense, tied to the human being.
The man who proportions the several parts of a mill, uses the same scientific principles [mechanics], as if he had the power of constructing an universe; but as he cannot give to matter that invisible agency, by which all the component parts of the immense machine of the universe have influence upon each other, and set in motional unison together without any apparent contact, and to which man has given the name of attraction, gravitation, and repulsion, he supplies the place of that agency by the humble imitation of teeth and cogs. All the parts of mans microcosm must visibly touch.
To save every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.