Without a constant misuse of language there cannot be any discovery, any progress.
Paul Karl Feyerabend
All religions are good ‘in principle’ – but unfortunately this abstract Good has only rarely prevented their practitioners from behaving like bastards. Paul Karl Feyerabend, Farewell to Reason
Science is essentially an anarchic enterprise: theoretical anarchism is more humanitarian and more likely to encourage progress than its law-and-order alternatives.
Paul Karl Feyerabend, Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge
Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.
Science is a global human endeavor, just like stupidity. People all over the world participate in the process of it. And you can too. Perhaps!
Carl William Brown
Criticism is the life of science.
The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking.
Normal science means research firmly based upon one or more past scientific achievements, achievements that some particular scientific community acknowledges for a time as supplying the foundation for its further practice.
Thomas S. Kuhn
It is often said that knowledge is power, but it might be more correct to say that [critical] thinking is power.
There are no such things as applied sciences, only applications of science.
Science is for those who learn; poetry is for those who know.
Joseph Roux (1834-1905, French priest, writer)
In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642, Italian astronomer, mathematician)
Science is a cemetery of dead ideas.
Miguel De Unamuno (1864-1936, Spanish philosophical writer)
Science has a simple faith, which transcends utility. Nearly all men of science, all men of learning for that matter, and men of simple ways too, have it in some form and in some degree. It is the faith that it is the privilege of man to learn to understand, and that this is his mission. If we abandon that mission under stress we shall abandon it forever, for stress will not cease. Knowledge for the sake of understanding, not merely to prevail, that is the essence of our being. None can define its limits, or set its ultimate boundaries.
The testament of science is so continually in a flux that the heresy of yesterday is the gospel of today and the fundamentalism of tomorrow. [Coauthor with James R. Newman]
Whether a person shows themselves to be a genius in science or in writing a song, the only point is, whether the thought, the discovery, or the deed, is living and can live on.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)
In science as in love, too much concentration on technique can often lead to impotence.
P. L. Berger
Science has “explained” nothing; the more we know the more fantastic the world becomes and the profounder the surrounding darkness.
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)
We are living now, not in the delicious intoxication induced by the early successes of science, but in a rather grisly morning-after, when it has become apparent that what triumphant science has done hitherto is to improve the means for achieving unimproved or actually deteriorated ends.
Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)
I know of no department of natural science more likely to reward a man who goes into it thoroughly than anthropology. There is an immense deal to be done in the science pure and simple, and it is one of those branches of inquiry which brings one into contact with the great problems of humanity in every direction.
Thomas H. Huxley (1825-1895, British biologist, educator)
Science (Latin scientia, from scire, “to know”), term used in its broadest meaning to denote systematized knowledge in any field, but applied usually to the organization of objectively verifiable sense experience. The pursuit of knowledge in this context is known as pure science, to distinguish it from applied science, which is the search for practical uses of scientific knowledge, and from technology, through which applications are realized. Science is both a body of knowledge and a process, it is also a process of discovery that allows us to link isolated facts into coherent and comprehensive understandings of the natural world. Science is exciting as it is a way of discovering what’s in the universe and how those things work today, how they worked in the past, and how they are likely to work in the future. The knowledge generated by science is powerful, reliable and useful, sometimes. It can be used to develop new technologies, treat diseases, and deal with many other sorts of problems.
Science is continually refining and expanding our knowledge of the universe, and as it does, it leads to new questions for future investigation. Science will never be “finished.”
Learn more about science as an ongoing process. Check out Science magazine’s list of the 125 most intriguing unanswered questions for a glimpse into ideas that scientists are studying right now.
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