Quotations From NATHAN COPPEDGE


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  • 'Science is a minimal criteria macro-discipline, and as such aims to maximize quantity at cost of quality. Philosophy is a maximal criteria macro-discipline, and as such aims to maximize quality at cost of quantity. In other words, philosophy usually fails to provide evidence of the most important things. Science usually succeeds to provide evidence of insignificant things. Many things are discovered between philosophy and science, but very little is discovered by pure philosophy or pure science.'
    - -Nathan Coppedge, April 2018
  • 'Sometimes I think my writing is perfect, and sometimes I think it is too dirty. Anyway, what people eventually learn is that there needs to be a balance between different talents and motives, and the only exception to that is total mastery, which requires total knowledge, and in my mind, philosophy as well as science (and art, literature, polymathy, magic, immortality… if it comes to that) .'
    - -Nathan Coppedge, message to Eugene Rubinstein
  • 'There will not be a ‘next Gates' unless America prospers. It is a widely held belief that Bill Gates somehow made it with one trillion-dollar patent for computers. Far to the contrary, it was more like he was a patent mega-lord who bought a lot of small businesses, and had about literally a million thousand-dollar patents, or a billion ten cent shares in a company that exploded. For America to prosper, we need to continue to grow and change our thinking, and frankly at this point given how much we have already tested the boundaries without changing the categories, some aspects of both science and religion may end up being an inhibitor.'
    - -Nathan Coppedge, April 2018
  • 'Philosophers tend to be happy people who never believe assumptions, and are always honest about reality.'
    - -Nathan Coppedge, April 2018
  • 'Art is original the way literature is comprehensive, and philosophy is analytic, and science is real, and math is intelligent, and languages are insightful, and magic is useful, and immortality is sufficient.'
    - -Nathan Coppedge, April 2018
  • 'A lot of people think 2X is the max leverage. It's not the max.'
    - Nathan Coppedge, April 2018
  • 'If there are constants, they must secure variation, maybe even desirable variation.'
    - -Nathan Coppedge, April 2018
  • 'You see, we could just say you're seeking a principled good nature, or a metaphysical standard (morality OR coherence primarily) , so I don't know if it is fair to say we should try both first.'
    - -Nathan Coppedge, April 2018
  • 'Humans should build perpetual motion machines, machines should build God. All else concerning race is past and future.'
    - -Nathan Coppedge, April 2018
  • 'Always look for metaphors at physics conferences, and fundamental discoveries at poetry readings.'
    - -Nathan Coppedge, April 2018
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