agnostic

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj agnostic uncertain of all claims to knowledge
    • adj agnostic of or pertaining to an agnostic or agnosticism
    • n agnostic a person who claims that they cannot have true knowledge about the existence of God (but does not deny that God might exist)
    • n agnostic someone who is doubtful or noncommittal about something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Agnostic One who professes ignorance, or denies that we have any knowledge, save of phenomena; one who supports agnosticism, neither affirming nor denying the existence of a personal Deity, a future life, etc.
    • a Agnostic Professing ignorance; involving no dogmatic; pertaining to or involving agnosticism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n agnostic One of a class of thinkers who disclaim any knowledge of God or of the ultimate nature of things. They hold that human knowledge is limited to experience, and that since the absolute and unconditioned, if it exists at all, cannot fall within experience, we have no right to assert anything whatever with regard to it.
    • agnostic Pertaining to the agnostics or their doctrines; expressing ignorance or unknow-ableness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Agnostic ag-nos′tik one who holds that we know nothing of things beyond material phenomena—that a First Cause and an unseen world are things unknown and apparently unknowable
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Quotations

  • Clarence Darrow
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    “I am an agnostic; I do not pretend to know what many ignorant men are sure of.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. 'a priv. + knowing, to know
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Coined by Prof. Huxley in 1869 from the word in Acts, xvii. 23; a, privative, and Gr. gnōstikos, good at knowing. See Gnostic.

Usage

In literature:

She was agnostic with the orthodox, reverential with atheists, liberal with the narrow, bigoted with the liberal.
"The Heart of the New Thought" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
I thought you were a good agnostic.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 5 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But Demming is an unconscious Agnostic.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 7" by Various
Our standpoint as regards the origin of the Chinese race is, therefore, that of the agnostic.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
Kant's philosophy was agnostic, and it was this agnosticism which made his use of the ethical argument possible.
"The Next Step in Religion" by Roy Wood Sellars
Love then had its martyrs, platonism its agnostics.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
It gets rid, for example, of the whole agnostic controversy, by refusing to entertain the hypothesis of trans-empirical reality at all.
"Essays in Radical Empiricism" by William James
Then there was a class called agnostics, and there are a good many of their grandchildren, alive to-day.
"The Overcoming Life" by Dwight Moody
Among Indians are no infidels or agnostics.
"Chiquita, an American Novel" by Merrill Tileston
But what the agnostic means is that human reason is inadequate to grasp the greatness of the ultimate being.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
Let's study agnostics, and begin with Mrs. Venables.
"The Furnace" by Rose Macaulay
Such is the Agnostic's position.
"The Old Riddle and the Newest Answer" by John Gerard
Miss Blackstone is a very religious young lady, and, as you know, Leicester is an agnostic.
"The Man Who Rose Again" by Joseph Hocking
He had very little patience with religious formulas, and was indeed a typical agnostic.
"The Popes and Science" by James J. Walsh
SCIENCE WOULD BE AGNOSTIC.
"The Will to Doubt" by Alfred H. Lloyd
It is most pronounced, however, in the educational theories and systems of positivists and agnostics.
"Means and Ends of Education" by J. L. Spalding
He has returned to the agnostic standpoint of the {71} Cyrenaic school.
"History of Modern Philosophy" by Alfred William Benn
In fact, she'd always been a fervent agnostic.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
Judged by the cold agnostic eye, the scheme was only a little this side of madness.
"Mrs. Fitz" by J. C. Snaith
I am not a theologian, but a scientist; I am not a believer, but an agnostic; I am not a priest, but a man.
"Phases of an Inferior Planet" by Ellen Glasgow
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In news:

CA's reseller agreement with StoreAge will allow CA to roll out hardware agnostic data space allocation capabilities for servers and storage devices.
Here, Jen Seaman—one of the comics charged with introducing bands at Seattle Weekly 's Reverb Local Music Festival—tells us about the Murder City Devils, Belltown playlists, and growing up agnostic.
Atheists including Agnostics and other FreeThinking Americans are famously independent and leading them is often compared to herding cats.
Agnostic front - your mistake.
AppFog is the leading polyglot and infrastructure agnostic Platform-as-a-Service provider.
"Atheist and agnostic still seem to be at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to social acceptance, and we are marginalize and sometimes demonized," Gaylor said.
Or "Angry Atheists attack Agnostics and Skeptics for their heresies".
But perhaps the most significant figure for atheists remains Charles Darwin, who didn't call himself an atheist but rather an agnostic, someone who believes God's existence is unknowable.
I've found that most religionists view atheists and agnostics as conversion opportunities, so they're nice to us.
They make it safely past and up the leaf-lined path toward the Capitol, where they join 400 or so other atheists, agnostics and skeptics gathered for the first day of the Texas Freethought Convention.
A group called Atheists, Humanists and Agnostics at UW-Madison will get $67,000 in student fees in order to cover expenses in the upcoming academic year.
Chris Calvey is president of the group, Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics.
Jamila Bey was 19 when she told her mother she was agnostic.
Agnostic Front's brand of socially and politically charged hardcore has undergone some changes over the years, but 1984's Victim in Pain stands the test of time as one of the landmarks of hardcore punk.
Fortune 50 Company to Implement Scalable, Language-Agnostic Platform for Document Processing.
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In science:

These agnostic extrapolations to LHC energies have been used to predict the ratios of more than twenty hadron species, and there are computer codes implementing these model assumptions [15–18].
Predictions for the LHC heavy ion programme
The linear extrapolation Ri ∝ (dNch/dη )1/3 provides an agnostic baseline on top of which dynamical changes may be established.
Predictions for the LHC heavy ion programme
From an agnostic point of view, one wonders whether the generic features (i)-(v) persist at the 30 times higher √sN N explored at the LHC, and how these features evolve in the much wider transverse momentum range accessible at the LHC.
Predictions for the LHC heavy ion programme
Agnostic extrapolations of these trends to the LHC are at odds with the extrapolation of current models, be it hydrodynamics or saturation physics.
Predictions for the LHC heavy ion programme
Again, characteristic deviations of LHC measurements from the agnostic extrapolations discussed here may provide some of the cleanest possibilities of identifying and ultimately quantifying the manifestations of medium-dependent QCD evolution.
Predictions for the LHC heavy ion programme
In lack of a concrete, accurate estimate for these terms, we have taken an agnostic view in this review: to study the observational consequences of the CS term and its possible constrains as a function of the coupling strength.
Chern-Simons Modified General Relativity
In, Ben-David et al. consider agnostic online learning for bounded Littlestone-dimension.
Contextual Bandit Algorithms with Supervised Learning Guarantees
Following the rigorous identification of a growing point-to-set length accompanying diverging relaxation times in structural glasses [1–3], a series of “order agnostic” proposals for static correlations in supercooled liquids have also recently flourished [4–6], and their analysis is ongoing.
Geometrical Frustration and Static Correlations in a Simple Glass Former
Hsu, and Claire Monteleoni. A general agnostic active learning algorithm.
Active Property Testing
Steve Hanneke. A bound on the label complexity of agnostic active learning.
Active Property Testing
As can be verified, our analysis is agnostic to the actual choice of x, as long as it is a vector in {0, 1}n of weight any d ≤ D .
Non-adaptive Group Testing: Explicit bounds and novel algorithms
Particularly, the proposed methodology is completely agnostic of the OSR.
Output Filter Aware Optimization of the Noise Shaping Properties of {\Delta}{\Sigma} Modulators via Semi-Definite Programming
Taking a more agnostic approach which allows for future empirical determination of the weights, we examine the transfer functions, e.g. P (k) ≡ |∆T (a0, k)|2 = |T (k)CI (k)|2 and |T (k)CA (k)|2 for isocurvature and adiabatic matter perturbations respectively.
Toward Understanding CMB Anisotropies and Their Implications
Theory and application of agnostic paclearning with small decision trees.
Improved Use of Continuous Attributes in C4.5
By no means, however, does this imply that we must resign ourselves to an agnostic attitude with respect to the real nature of a fundamental particle.
Quantum Mechanics and the Cookie Cutter Paradigm
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