Talk:Julian Huxley

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some thoughts[edit]

This page has done half-justice to Julian, choosing preferentially his more metaphysical writings. From time to time I'll add some of his science.

I've been thinking about the huge amount of bold type. In many cases the standard passages are at least as significant as the bold type passages: maybe we should have more of them.

I'll do an edit on the last quote. The excepts from The New Divinity are far, far too long and will benefit from some pruning. Frankly, it's not his best, and is over-balancing the page. —This unsigned comment is by Macdonald-Ross (talkcontribs) . at last signed Macdonald-Ross 11:56, 20 September 2007 (UTC)

Once again: Huxley was a professional writer, and his words should speak for themselves; moreover, over-emphasis is POV, and (at least in a scientist) most unwelcome. Lastly, graphics should be relevant and not idle decoration with repeats of quotes already given in the text. The bias towards metaphysics is stll there: if anyone doubts that, see his article on WP, which offers some kind of balance between the various aspects of his complex life. --Macdonald-Ross 06:28, 19 July 2008 (UTC)
The quotes gathered thus far are quotes people who have worked on the page have found interesting and notable. Nearly every individual human being can have a broad range of concerns and interests and it is no one's task or duty to attempt to present all of these in an entirely balanced way. More interesting quotes by Huxley on the physical sciences would be welcomed, but these are not thus far what have been gathered. Wikiquote is not a simple auxiliary to Wikipedia, is not constrained entirely by encyclopedic considerations, and I, for one, have always asserted that the presentation of quotes should not be constrained to any drab entirely monotonous style which makes major points and famous phrases difficult to find upon a page. I also believe that images which relate to statements being quoted greatly enhance the aesthetic appeal of most pages, even when they might not necessarily bear any strong or obvious relation with the subject of the page itself, and that captions for images can help people find notable quotes on the page, and are not entirely pointless duplication of statements. ~ Kalki 12:25, 19 July 2008 (UTC)

"[I supposed the reason] that we leapt at the Origin [of Species] is that the idea of God interfered with our sexual morés."

I'm sorry, but if this was actually said, it needs a reliable source. Just because someone who didn't like evolution said that he said it, doesn't mean that it deserves the first line on wikiquote, and in bold letters. LionKimbro

I have moved the quote from Sourced to Attributed on the grounds that the source is second-hand. - InvisibleSun 00:12, 8 January 2009 (UTC)