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MTA's TRAIN OF THOUGHT: "FACTS ARE STUBBORN THINGS"

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860) Studies in Pessimism:
From 'Psychological Observations'
Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world. This is an error of the intellect as inevitable as that error of the eye which lets us fancy that on the horizon heaven and earth meet. This explains many things, and among them the fact that everyone measures us with his own standard--generally about as long as a tailor's tape, and we have to put up with it: as also that no one will allow us to be taller than himself--a supposition which is once for all taken for granted.

“To doubt everything or to believe everything are two equally convenient solutions;
both dispense with the need for thought.”
Henri Poincare
(29 April 1854 – 17 July 1912)
“Science and Hypothesis”


"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes,
our inclinations, the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter
the state of facts and evidence."
John Adams, Second President
(1735 - 1826)


"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."
Aldous Huxley
(26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963)


"Get the facts, or the facts will get you. And when you get them,
get them right, or they will get you wrong."
Thomas Fuller
(1608 – 16 August 1661)



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Comment by Yosef Birnbaum on November 8, 2009 at 5:29pm
I agree with Abraham. Perception is directly related to the way one views his surroundings.
Comment by Abraham Teitelbaum on November 8, 2009 at 2:35pm
I see that quote on the train all the time and I like it every time I see it. It also ties in well with the story of the Woodcutter's Axe. Everyone's perception of the world is different and changes the way they view the world. The pessimist has a narrow perception and so limits his own world. The optimist has a much broader view of the world and perceives things clearer.
Comment by Richard Green on November 7, 2009 at 6:14pm
In response to Schmuel's speech on "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," I offer the above summations/quotations for evidence of a more psychological nature to corroborate Schmuel's explanation/exploration of the optical illusion in his video-recorded speech linked here. For, isn't it often true that peeking from behind a screen may ensure your privacy, but, it offers you only a partial view, and, how often are we unwilling to make what's private available for analysis, testing and discussion so that we might learn to think and share with others with whom we disagree as well as with those with whom we agree.
That would be an extension of the application as well as a generalization that might be applied to what Stephen Covey is teaching on "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People." Hey, why not 9 or even 18 habits :-)
Professor Green

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