I cannot be content with a brief moment of riotous living followed by destitution, and however clever the scientists may be, there are some things that they cannot be expected to achieve
Although this may seem a paradox, all exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation. When a man tells you that he knows the exact truth about anything, you are safe in inferring that he is an inexact man.
Change is one thing, progress is another. 'Change' is scientific, 'progress' is ethical change is indubitable, whereas progress is a matter of controversy.
Almost everything that distinguishes the modern world from earlier centuries is attributable to science, which achieved its most spectacular triumphs in the seventeenth century.
Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know.
Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.
What the world needs is not dogma but an attitude of scientific inquiry combined with a belief that the torture of millions is not desirable, whether inflicted by Stalin or by a Deity imagined in the likeness of the believer.
Science can teach us, and I think our own hearts can teach us, no longer to look around for imaginary supports, no longer to invent allies in the sky, but rather to look to our own efforts here below to make this world a fit place to live in, instead
The fundamental concept in social science is Power, in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics.
All exact science is dominated by the idea of approximation.
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