// banach's | Philosophy Department at St. Anselm College //

The nothing itself does not attract; it is essentially repelling. But this repulsion is itself as such a parting gesture toward beings that are submerging as a whole. This wholly repelling gesture toward beings that are in retreat as a whole, which is the action of the nothing that oppresses Dasein in anxiety, is the essence of the nothing: nihilation. It is neither an annihilation of beings nor does it spring from a negation. Nihilation will not submit to calculation in terms of annihilation and negation. The nothing itself nihilates.

Heidegger

The stuff of the world may be called physical or mental or both or neither, as we please; in fact, the words serve no purpose.

Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep insights can be winnowed from deep nonsense.

— Carl Sagan

Everything we see and seam, is nothing but a dream within a dream.

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

For the world is a sum of appearances; and there must therefore be some transcendental ground of the appearances, that is, a ground which is thinkable only by the pure understanding.

(Critique of Pure Reason)

All life operates through a mechanism, and the higher the form of life the more complex, sure and flexible the mechanism. This fact alone should save us from opposing life and mechanism, thereby reducing the latter to unintelligent automatism and the former to aimless splurge.

— John Dewey

(Human Nature and Conduct)

Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything.

(Cat's Cradle)

Philosophy can be said to consist of three activities: to see the commonsense answer, to get yourself so deeply into the problem that the commonsense answer is unbearable, and to get from that situation back to the commonsense answer.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

God is even in these stones.