The Blue Raccoon

Saturday, July 05, 2008

And now, a few words from Alfred North Whitehead....

"The middle class pessimism over the future of the world comes from a confusion between civilization and security. In the immediate future there will be less security than in the immediate past, less stability. It must be admitted that there is a degree of instability which is inconsistent with civilization. But, on the whole, the great ages have been unstable ages." -- Science and the Modern World, 1929

"The thorough skeptic is a dogmatist. He enjoys the delusion of complete futility."
-- Mathematics and the Good, 1941

"The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order. Life refuses to be embalmed alive. The more prolonged the halt in some unrelieved system of order, the greater the crash of the dead society." -- Process and Reality, 1929


More on Whitehead, "Philosopher of the Muddleheaded": here.

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