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For what stronger weapons could there be with which to overthrow atheists?

L’homme Machine

Could the organism then suffice for everything? No more theological wars, no more soldiers of religion — such terrible soldiers! By nature only can we understandmeaning of the words of the Gospel, of which experience is the only truly interpreter. She looks upon incest in the same way a galante woman looks on adultery. And it accords with the gentleness of my character, to a void all macnine unless to what conversation [! In short he taught them to hear, speak, read, and write.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikiquote Wikisource. To destroy the hypothesis of Stahl, we need not make as great an effort as I find that others have done before me. Should Ll dare add to this common idea, that this feeling seems to me but a kind of fear or dread, as salutary to the race as to the individual; for may it not be true that we respect the purse and life of others, only to save our own possessions, our honor, and ourselves; like those Ixions of Mfttrie who love God and embrace so many fantastic virtues, merely because they are afraid of hell!

What greater power than this!

It is short and simple. The same thing is true of the insane, and the defects of their brains do not always escape our investigation.


Man a Machine by Julien Offray de La Mettrie

I say of truth in general what M. The more the imagination or the poorest talent is exercised, the more it gains in embonpoint, so to speak, and the larger it grows. All this knowledge, with which vanity fills the balloon-like brains of our proud pedants, is therefore but a huge mass of words and figures, which form in the brain all the marks by which we distinguish and recall objects.

Let us then judge by what we see of that which is hidden from the curiosity of our eyes and of our investigations, and let us not imagine anything beyond. But there is machind more subtle and marvelous force, mzchine animates them all; it is the source of all our feelings, of all our pleasures, of all our passions, and of all our thoughts: Education, which women lack, strengthens his mind still more. It is imagination again which adds the piquant charm of voluptuousness to the tenderness of an amorous heart; which makes tenderness bud in the study of the philosopher and of the dusty pedant, which, in a word, creates scholars as well as orators and poets.

It was in these years, during an attack of feverthat he made observations on himself with reference to the action of quickened blood circulation upon thought, which led him to the conclusion that mental processes were to be accounted for as the effects of organic changes in the brain and nervous system. Everything may be reduced to sounds or words that pass from the mouth of one through the ears of another into his brain.

What flexibility, what lightness in his fingers! Thus, to repeat, only the physicians have a right to speak on this subject.

Let us observe the ape, the beaver, the elephant, etc. Now that it is clearly proved against the Cartesians, the followers of Stahl, the Malebranchists, and the theologians who little deserve to be mentioned here, that matter is self-moved, not only when organized, as in a whole heart, for example, but even when this organization has been destroyed, human curiosity would like to discover how a body, by the fact that it is originally endowed with the breath of life, finds itself adorned in consequence with the faculty of feeling, and thus with that of thought.


Furthermore, we catch everything from those with whom we come in contact; their gestures, their accent, etc. At the same moment, he perceives through his eyes the shape of the bodies of which these words are the arbitrary signs. In like fashion, it was necessary that nature should use more elaborate art in making and sustaining a machine which for a whole century could mark all motions of the heart and of the mind; for though one does not tell time by the pulse, it is at least the barometer of the warmth and the vivacity by which one may estimate the nature of the soul.

Thomas – – Mind Is it not by mechanical means that the pores of the skin close in winter so that the cold cannot penetrate to the interior of the blood vessels, and that the stomach vomits when it is irritated by poison, by a certain quantity of opium and by all emetics, etc.?

He then argued that the organization of matter at a high and complex level resulted in human thought. You will in vain say that you assert nothing about the nature of the animal soul and that you deny its immortality. And, in spite of the victory of the new quantum theory, and the conversion of so many physicists to indeterminism de La Mettrie’s doctrine that man is a machine has perhaps more defenders than before among physicists, biologists and philosophers; especially in the form of the thesis that man is a computer.

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