Nonsense

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One person's sense can be another's nonsense.
In terminology, nonsense, as compared to sense, is []

Quotes
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“To all rational readers, the use of the chemical theory [in Elective Affinities] is nonsense and childish fooling around.”
Christoph Wieland (1809), commentary on Goethe’s human chemical theory

“Almost all of the latter part of my life has been spent unlearning the nonsense I learned in my youth.”
Godfrey Higgins (1833), Anacalypsis, Volume One (pg. x); cited by Tom Harpur (2004) in The Pagan Christ (pg. 200)

Nonsense is incense to our noses.”
James Maxwell (1873), “Molecular Evolution” (Ѻ)

Schopenhauer is a mindless, ignorant, spreader of nonsense.”
Ludwig Boltzmann (c.1895), Draft lecture title

“I didn't know anything about evolution when I introduced it. I'd read in the papers that boys and girls were coming home from school and telling their fathers and mothers that the Bible was all nonsense.”
John Butler (c.1926), retrospect reasoning (Ѻ) on why the Butler Act (1925), making it illegal to teach evolution, was passed

Love is a romantic designation for a most ordinary biological process — or, shall we say, chemical process … a lot of nonsense is talked and written about it.”
— Author (1932), said by Greta Garbo in Ninotchka

“That nonsense is not merely nonsense. It is objectionable nonsense.”
Albert Einstein (c.1932), on presumption (Ѻ) that routine organic processes have "something like free will", according to modern physical science

“Lest your longing for the transtemporal should awake and spoil the whole affair, they use any rhetoric that comes to hand to keep out of your mind the recollection that even if all the happiness they promised could come to man on earth, yet still each generation would lose it by death, including the last generation of all, and the whole story would be nothing, not even a story, for ever and ever. Hence all the nonsense that Mr. Shaw puts into the final speech of Lilith, and Bergson's remark that the élan vital [vital impetus of evolution] is capable of surmounting all obstacles, perhaps even death—as if we could believe that any social or biological development on this planet will delay the senility of the sun or reverse the second law of thermodynamics.”
C.S. Lewis (1941), “The Weight of Glory” [1]

“Where do you draw the line between one creature and another? Where does one organism stop and another begin? Is there even a boundary between you and the non-living world, or will the atoms of this page be a part of your body tomorrow? How, in short, can you make any sense out of the conception of a man as a discrete entity? How can the proper study form man be man if it is impossible for man to exist out of context. For the ecologist, then, the desire of some in the humanities to deal only with the fragment of reality they term ‘human’ is nonsense.”
— Neil Evernden (1996), “Beyond Ecology: Self, Place, and the Pathetic Fallacy”; cited by Matthew Taylor (2008)

“Please stop trying to propagate your pseudoscientific human thermodynamics nonsense any further.”
Philip Moriarty (2009), comment #88 (Ѻ) in Moriarty-Thims debate, Sep 10

References
1. (a) Lewis, C.S. (1941). “The Weight of Glory” (audio/text), given at Oxford University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, June 8.
(b) The Weight of Glory and other Addresses – Wikipedia.

Further reading
● Ruse, Michael. (1984). Sociobiology: Sense or Nonsense (pg. 192). Springer.
● Lower, Stephen. (2007). “List of Flim-flam, Pseudoscience, and Nonsense”, Online listings.
● Pierce, Charles. (2012). “The Consequences of Believing Nonsense” (Ѻ), Esquire, Jun 22.

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