Occult Quotes (4 quotes)
Occult sciences. Those imaginary sciences of the middle ages which related to the influence of supernatural powers, such as alchemy, magic, necromancy, and astrology.
I like to browse in occult bookshops if for no other reason than to refresh my commitment to science.
It seems to me farther, that these Particles have not only a Vis inertiae, accompanied with such passive Laws of Motion as naturally result from that Force, but also that they are moved by certain active Principles, such as that of Gravity, and that which causes Fermentation, and the Cohesion of Bodies. These Principles I consider, not as occult Qualities, supposed to result from the specifick Forms of Things, but as general Laws of Nature, by which the Things themselves are form'd; their Truth appearing to us by Phaenomena, though their Causes be not yet discover'd. For these are manifest Qualities, and their Causes only are occult.
To complete a PhD[,] I took courses in the history of philosophy. As a result of my studies, I concluded that the traditional philosophy of science had little if anything to do with biology. I had no use for a philosophy based on such an occult force as the vis vitalis. But I was equally disappointed by the traditional philosophy of science, which was all based on logic, mathematics, and the physical sciences, and had adopted Descartes conclusion that an organism was nothing but a machine. This Cartesianism left me completely dissatisfied.