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Ernst Mach
 
Date of birth: 18 February 1838
Date of death: 19 February 1916
Country Of Origin: Austria
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Philosopher

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    Ernst Mach (February 18, 1838 – February 19, 1916) was an Austrian people physicist and philosopher and is the namesake for the "Mach number" (aka Mach speed) and the optical illusion known as Mach bands. Ernst Mach was born in Chrlice (now part of Brno), Czech Republic. There he studied mathematics, physics and philosophy, and received a doctorate in physics in 1860. His early work was focused on Doppler effect in optics and acoustics. In 1864 he took a job as profess .... (More...)
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A colour is a physical object as soon as we consider its dependence, for instance, upon its luminous source, upon other colours, upon temperatures, upon spaces, and so forth.

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A movement that we will to execute is never more than a represented movement, and appears in a different domain from that of the executed movement, which always takes place when the image is vivid enough.

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Bodies do not produce sensations, but complexes of elements (complexes of sensations) make up bodies.

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I have always felt it as a stroke of special good fortune, that early in life, at about the age of fifteen, I lighted, in the library of my father, on a copy of Kant's Prolegomena to any Future Metaphysics.

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If our dreams were more regular, more connected, more stable, they would also have more practical importance for us.

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In fact, sensations of pleasure and pain, however faint they may be, really constitute an essential part of the content of all so-called emotions.

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In the long run we shall not be able to close our eyes to this simple truth, which is the immediate outcome of psychological analysis.

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It may easily become a disturbing element in unprejudiced scientific theorising when a conception which is adapted to a particular and strictly limited purpose is promoted in advance to be the foundation of all investigation.

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Man is pre-eminently endowed with the power of voluntarily and consciously determining his own point of view.

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Many an article that I myself penned twenty years ago impresses me now as something quite foreign to myself.

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My coat may receive a stain, a tear. My very manner of expressing this shows that we are concerned here with a sum-total of permanency, to which the new element is added and from which that which is lacking is subsequently taken away.

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My table is now brightly, now dimly lighted. Its temperature varies. It may receive an ink stain. One of its legs may be broken. It may be repaired, polished, and replaced part by part. But, for me, it remains the table at which I daily write.

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Ordinarily pleasure and pain are regarded as different from sensations.

Ernst Mach
Personally, people know themselves very poorly.

Ernst Mach
Science always has its origin in the adaptation of thought to some definite field of experience.

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