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"It is absurd to hold that a man ought to be ashamed of being unable to defend himself with his limbs but not of being unable to defend himself with speech and reason, when the use of reason is more distinctive of a human being than the use of his limbs."
Aristotle, Book I, 1355.b1

"I shall never be very merry or very sad, for I am more prone to analyze than to feel."

"That which can be asserted without evidence, can be dismissed without evidence.”

(The team members are photographing their facial expressions for an experiment.)
Jamie: Apparently I'm supposed to express a bunch of emotions... Unfortunately, what you see is what you get. I mean, I can distort my face in some kind of mimicry of what I understand is that emotion... That's about the best I can do.
Grant: Unfortunately, because these are all the same (holds up Jamie's photos), we're gonna have to throw them out.
Narrator: So the team has the five emotional photos of the four human hosts.

When a difficult or worrying decision has to be reached, as soon as all the data are available, give the matter your best thought and make your decision; having made the decision, do not revise it unless some new fact comes to your knowledge. Nothing is so exhausting as indecision, and nothing is so futile.
Bertrand Russell

Freedom does not consist in any dreamt-of independence from natural laws, but in the knowledge of these laws, and in the possibility this gives of systematically making them work towards definite ends.
Friedrich Engels

Let the knowledge of absolute law inspire you to live a life of absolute order.
— Flavor text of Sphinx's Revelation, Magic: The Gathering

Logic had always come easily to Rei. It made things simple, clear. Something she liked, since her thoughts often felt... muddied, slowed, unclear.
Rei Ayanami, Advice and Trust, chapter 4

Shino was a great believer in logic. He was also painfully aware that his belief in rationality placed him firmly in the minority among both his fellow shinobi and the residents of Konoha in general. He didn't really understand why he was surrounded by people who insisted on handling their affairs in such incredibly slipshod manners. They based the most important decisions of their lives on emotional, poorly thought out, and invariably fallacious reasoning. They mated, raised families, and began careers, all with no thought of the eventual outcomes. Hives were much more intelligently run. Their goals were rather Spartan, but all the more straightforward because of that. Raise the young to continue the colony, locate and retrieve food to sustain the members, protect the queen so she can continue laying eggs. Simple, but logical. An insect hive's system of priorities was never skewed. Ego and emotions never coerced them into doing stupid things. He admired their focus and dedication to their goals.

Perhaps I appear blase to the human tragedy that surrounds us. I am, largely. I believe one should focus on their strong subjects. Empathy was never truly one of mine. Thusly, I must protect the Academy and its occupants the only way I can appreciate: analytically.
Headmaster Hayden Montag, The Secret World


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