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July 26, 1998

Hope For Science Yet

Feyerabend Quote

Bakunin on Anarchy (Sam Dolgoff tr., NY 1972), which emphasized the importance of scientific knowledge, also (p.319) warned against "the reign of scientific intelligence, the most aristocratic, despotic, arrogant, and elitist of all regimes."

The German philosopher of science, Paul Feyerabend, in Farewell to Reason Verso, London/New York 1987, largely concludes along with others that these fears have become a reality--which in many areas I see evidence for too. However, on p.126 Feyerabend also offers the following hope, which I thought was worth sharing:

"The world is not a static entity populated by thinking ants who, crawling all over it, gradually discover its features without affecting them in any way. It is a dynamic and multifaceted entity which affects and reflects the activity of its explorers. It was once a world full of gods; it then became a drab material world and it will, hopefully, change further, into a more peaceful world where matter and life, thought and feelings, innovation and tradition collaborate for the benefit of all."

A couple more quotes from Feyerabend's book:

  • ". . .'reality' (which at any rate is nothing but the way in which things appear to fashionable experts) . . ." (P.300)
  • "One must live the life one wants to change." (P.305)
  • "The best education consists in immunizing people against systematic attempts at education." (p.316)
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