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Zoocentrism is the primary fallacy of human sociobiology, for this view of human behavior rests on the argument that if the actions of "lower" animals with simple nervous systems arise as genetic products of natural selection, then human behavior should have a similar basis.
— Stephen Jay Gould —

I am making an argument for the cyborg as a fiction mapping our social and bodily reality and as an imaginative resource suggesting some very fruitful couplings. Michael Foucault's biopolitics is a flaccid premonition of cyborg politics, a very open field.

— Donna J. Haraway

Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument an exchange of ignorance.

— Robert Quillen

History is a slippery business; the past is not a constant but a landscape that mutates according to argument and opinion.

— Penelope Lively

A healthy argument, even with an idiot, is always good; it opens one's eyes to own misunderstandings.

— Ashok Kallarakkal

Beer is an excellent argument that there is a God, and that furthermore, He wants us to be happy.

— Jim Butcher

George W. Bush bought the election - period. End of story. There is no argument. You can try to come up with any argument you can, but there is none.

— Gary Coleman

An argument could be made that the ultimate desecration of the human body is to end its earthly usefulness, which would imply that all murderers share equally that specific charge.

— Lyndsay Faye

I'm a politician. I'm not going to get into a whole range of scientific argument with scientists.

— Tony Abbott

To be able to bear provocation is an argument of great reason, and to forgive it of a great mind.

— John Tillotson

They believed that Britain was in Ireland defending their own interests, therefore the Irish had the right to use violence to put them out. My argument was that that type of thinking was out of date.

— John Hume

The words 'bad timing' came to be ghosts haunting our every move in Birmingham. Yet people who used this argument were ignorant of the background of our planning ... they did not realize that it was ridiculous to speak of timing when the clock of history showed that the Negro had already suffered one hundred years of delay.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Reason is up to these demands because it is an open-ended combinatorial system, an engine for generating an unlimited number of new ideas. Once it is programmed with a basic self-interest and an ability to communicate with others, its own logic will impel it, in the fullness of time, to respect the interests of ever-increasing numbers of others. It is reason too that can always take note of the shortcomings of previous exercises of reasoning, and update and improve itself in response. And if you detect a flaw in this argument, it is reason that allows you to point it out and defend an alternative.

— Steven Pinker

Behind every argument is somebody's ignorance. Rediscover the foundation of truth and the purpose and causes of dispute immediately disappear.

— Louis D. Brandeis

[ ... ] assuming that the true opinion abides in the mind, but abides as a prejudice, a belief independent of, and proof against, argument - this is not the way in which truth ought to be held by a rational being. This is not knowing the truth. Truth, thus held, is but one superstition the more, accidentally clinging to the words which enunciate a truth.

— John Stuart Mill

When a man finds a conclusion agreeable, he accepts it without argument, but when he finds it disagreeable, he will bring against it all the forces of logic and reason.

— Thucydides

The plea of necessity, that eternal argument of all conspirators.

— William Henry Harrison

The assumed instinctive belief in God has been used by many persons as an argument for his existence. But this is a rash argument, as we should thus be compelled to believe in the existence of many cruel and malignant spirits, only a little more powerful than man; for the belief in them is far more general than in a beneficent deity.

— Charles Darwin

The concept of military necessity is seductively broad, and has a dangerous plasticity. Because they invariably have the visage of overriding importance, there is always a temptation to invoke security "necessities" to justify an encroachment upon civil liberties. For that reason, the military-security argument must be approached with a healthy skepticism.

— William J. Brennan

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