Logic - Quotes from Science Fiction
21.02.2012, 20:23

Logic - Quotes from Science Fiction


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Could it be that there were other things more desirable than cold logic and undefiled brain power?

- Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Chessmen of Mars (1922)


I hope we shall conquer. More than that - I am certain we shall conquer. Because Reason must prevail.

- Yevgeny Zamiatin, We (1924), translated by Mirra Ginsburg (1972)


What system do men follow if not that of logic?

- A. E. van Vogt, ''Vault of the Beast'' (1940)


The commonest weakness of our race is our ability to rationalize our most selfish purposes.

- Robert A. Heinlein, The Star Beast (1954)


I know the value of the cold light of reason. But I also know the deep shadows that light can cast - the shadows that can blind men to truth.

- Charles Bennett and Hal E. Chester, Curse of the Demon (film, 1957)


In a short-term argument it is helpful to have pure reason on your side - even though such an ally could be depended upon to stab you to the heart if you depended upon him too long.

- James Blish, A Case of Conscience (1958)


Since human reason isn't capable of understanding everything, it's irrelevant whether or not this explanation makes sense.

- Stanislaw Lem, The Investigation (1959), translated by Adele Milch (1974)


Every time you decide something without having a good reason, you jump to Conclusions whether you like it or not. It's such an easy trip to make that I've been here hundreds of times.

- Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth (1961)


Ape is of course the only rational creature, the only one possessing a mind as well as a body. The most materialistic of our scientists recognize the supernatural essence of the simian mind.

- Pierre Boulle, Planet of the Apes (1963), translated by Xan Fielding (1963)


''Logic'' proved that airplanes can't fly and that H-bombs won't work and that stones don't fall out of the sky. Logic is a way of saying that anything which didn't happen yesterday won't happen tomorrow.

- Robert A. Heinlein, Glory Road (1963)


How can you expect one species to follow the logic of another?

- Philip K. Dick, The Crack in Space (1965)


He's a king, and does not see things rationally, but as a king.

- Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)


Here we are entering the philosophical realm of Spinoza when he saw, and I think with great profundity, that if a falling stone could reason, it would think, ''I want to fall at the rate of thirty-two feet per second per second.'' Freewill for us - that is, when we feel desire, when we are conscious of wanting to do what we do - may be even for us an illusion.

- Philip K. Dick, ''The Android and the Human'' (1972)


For a mind once honestly wedded to reason there is no divorce.

- Edgar Pangborn, ''The Children's Crusade'' (1974)


It sounded logical - but I could not forget Kettering's Law: ''Logic is an organized way of going wrong with confidence.''

- Robert A. Heinlein, The Number of the Beast (1980)


Assumptions are the things you don't know you're making.

- Douglas Adams, Last Chance to See (1990)


Descartes' immortal conclusion cogito ergo sum was recently subjected to destruction testing by a group of graduate researchers at Princeton led by Professors Montjuic and Lauterbrunnen, and now reads, in the revised version to be found in the Shorter Harvard Orthodoxy: (a) I think, therefore I am; or (b) Perhaps I thought, therefore I was; but (c) These days, I tend to leave all that side of things to my wife.

- Tom Holt, Ye Gods! (1992)


Logic is the beginning of wisdom, Valeris, not the end.

- Nicholas Meyer and Denny Martin Flinn, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (film, 1992)


Logic is a wonderful thing but doesn't always beat actual thought.

- Terry Pratchett, The Last Continent (1998)

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