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Edward Bradford Titchener
(11 Jan 1867 - 3 Aug 1927)

English psychologist.


Science Quotes by Edward Bradford Titchener (5 quotes)

An experiment is an observation that can be repeated, isolated and varied. The more frequently you can repeat an observation, the more likely are you to see clearly what is there and to describe accurately what you have seen. The more strictly you can isolate an observation, the easier does your task of observation become, and the less danger is there of your being led astray by irrelevant circumstances, or of placing emphasis on the wrong point. The more widely you can vary an observation, the more clearly will the uniformity of experience stand out, and the better is your chance of discovering laws.
— Edward Bradford Titchener
In A Text-Book of Psychology (1909), 20.
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Common sense is the very antipodes of science.
— Edward Bradford Titchener
In Systematic Psychology: Prolegomena (1972), 48.
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The great difference between science and technology is a difference of initial attitude. The scientific man follows his method whithersoever it may take him. He seeks acquaintance with his subject­matter, and he does not at all care about what he shall find, what shall be the content of his knowledge when acquaintance-with is transformed into knowledge-about. The technologist moves in another universe; he seeks the attainment of some determinate end, which is his sole and obsessing care; and he therefore takes no heed of anything that he cannot put to use as means toward that end.
— Edward Bradford Titchener
Systematic Psychology: Prolegomena (1929), 66.
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The instinctive tendency of the scientific man is toward the existential substrate that appears when use and purpose—cosmic significance, artistic value, social utility, personal preference—have been removed. He responds positively to the bare “what” of things; he responds negatively to any further demand for interest or appreciation.
— Edward Bradford Titchener
In Systemic Psychology: Prolegomena (1929), 32-33.
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You find FACTS as things given; I get them only by a long process of excavating (so to say), and so regard them as the very antipodes of things given.
— Edward Bradford Titchener
In Letter, collected in Adolf Meyer and Edward Bradford Titchener, Defining American Psychology: The Correspondence Between Adolf Meyer and Edward Bradford Titchener (1990), 259.
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