Mysticism Quotes (9 quotes)
As long as vitalism and spiritualism are open questions so long will the gateway of science be open to mysticism.
For more than half a century, Martin Gardner has been the single brightest beacon defending rationality and good science against the mysticism and anti-intellectualism that surround us.
I confess, that very different from you, I do find sometimes scientific inspiration in mysticism but this is counterbalanced by an immediate sense for mathematics.
I should be the last to discard the law of organic heredity ... but the single word heredity cannot dispense science from the duty of making every possible inquiry into the mechanism of organic growth and of organic formation. To think that heredity will build organic beings without mechanical means is a piece of unscientific mysticism.
If physics leads us today to a world view which is essentially mystical, it returns, in a way, to its beginning, 2,500 years ago. ... This time, however, it is not only based on intuition, but also on experiments of great precision and sophistication, and on a rigorous and consistent mathematical formalism.
It is the object of science to replace, or save, experiences, by the reproduction and anticipation of facts in thought. Memory is handier than experience, and often answers the same purpose. This economical office of science, which fills its whole life, is apparent at first glance; and with its full recognition all mysticism in science disappears.
Rational thinking which is free from assumptions ends therefore in mysticism.
[Martin Gardner is] the single brightest beacon defending rationality and good science against the mysticism and anti-intellectualism that surround us.
[There was] in some of the intellectual leaders a great aspiration to demonstrate that the universe ran like a piece of clock-work, but this was was itself initially a religious aspiration. It was felt that there would be something defective in Creation itselfsomething not quite worthy of Godunless the whole system of the universe could be shown to be interlocking, so that it carried the pattern of reasonableness and orderliness. Kepler, inaugurating the scientists quest for a mechanistic universe in the seventeenth century, is significant herehis mysticism, his music of the spheres, his rational deity demand a system which has the beauty of a piece of mathematics.