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Aguyo, Albert  
Before Canada jeopardizes its scientific future and compromises its scientific community to achieve short-term budgetary solutions, it must recognize that the funding of university science is both a government responsibility and a long-range investment. Without government support, Canada's university science infrastructure will erode, and along with it, the country's competitiveness in a world economy increasingly based on knowledge.

Jan. 10, 1997 - Science Magazine editorial (with Richard A. Murphy)
Amiel, Barbara  
[In the 1970's] Canadian intellectuals adopted prisoners of conscience in South Africa. They took holidays in Cuba. A ... psychoanalyst could make quick work of this. Rich, powerful America was Castro's fiercest opponent. Canada has always been a reliable ally of the US, but any opportunity to show its independence from its southern neighbour brings on a patriotic boomlet. ... If America was trying to keep the bubonic plague out of its hemisphere, Canadians would import it just to show their independence of American foreign policy.

1997 - from a column in the Daily Telegraph of London
Bain, Ron
[Global warming] Although precise interpretation of tree rings, ice cores, flood plains and ocean sediments is impossible, these natural records of weather extremes indicate without a doubt that the earth experienced wild temperature variations long before man evolved or industrialized.

Sep. 13, 2000 - from "If You Can't Stand the Heat...", published by the Independence Institute
Bissell, Claude T.  
The Social Sciences are good at accounting for disasters once they have taken place.

Bohr, Neils Henrik
It is, indeed, perhaps the greatest prospect of humanistic studies to contribute through an increasing knowledge of the history of cultural development to that gradual removal of prejudices which is the common aim of all science.

1958 - from Atomic Physics and Human Knowledge, Wiley
Bradley, Omar
The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants...We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.

Nov. 10, 1948 - from a speech to the Boston Chamber of Commerce
Bronowski, Jacob
No science is immune to the infection of politics and the corruption of power.

1971 - from Encounter
Bryan, William Jennings
Science is a magnificent force, but it is not a teacher of morals. It can perfect machinery, but it adds no moral restraints to protect society from the misuse of the machine. It can also build gigantic intellectual ships, but it constructs no moral rudders for the control of storm tossed human vessels.

1925 - from an argument, written but not made, in Tennessee vs John Scopes, the "Scopes Monkey Trial"
Camus, Albert
By definition, a government has no conscience. Sometimes it has a policy, but nothing more.

Churchill, Sir Winston
The only guide to a man is his conscience. The only shield to his memory is the rectitude and sincerity of his actions.




Corinthians 10:29
Why should my liberty be restricted by another man's conscience?

Coyne, Andrew  
The Liberals are a party with a built-in common denominator: power. Those who love power, who are used to power, and who are willing to do without certain things - principles, conscience, personal dignity - for power are inevitably drawn to the Natural Governing Party. Opposition parties in Canada are hence at an automatic disadvantage. As they are necessarily coalitions of vastly different groups who, for one reason or another, have been excluded from power, they will be forever beset by fractiousness. They can only be unified by a common enemy, that is by a Liberal party that has become so corrupt, so doctrinaire, so bloated with power as to persuade the oppositions warring factions to drop their differences long enough to defeat them.

Jan. 24, 2000 - from a column in the National Post
Darwin, Charles
Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, and not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.

1871 - from The Descent of Man
Friedman, Milton
The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in industry or agriculture, have never come from centralized government.

There's a strong argument to be made that a free society is a fundamentally unstable equilibrium, in the language of the natural sciences. ... There's a great deal of basis for believing that a free society is fundamentally unstable - we may regret this but we've got to face up to the facts. ... How often and for how long have we had free societies? For short periods of time. There was an essentially free society in 5th-century Greece. Was it able to survive? It disappeared. Every other time when there's been a free society, it has tended to disappear.

Dec. 01, 1974 - from an interview published in Reason Magazine
Gairdner, William D.  
The really exciting educational fact here is that Darwin's theory of evolution has been attacked with increasing severity and power this century by prestigious paleontologists, geologists, transformed cladists, discontinuists, molecular biologists, creationists (religious as well as atheistic), and proponents of intelligent design... But you wouldn't know it to read most school textbooks or class notes. There you find more interest in confining students to stale theories, junk science, and politicized social theory, than offering the far more interesting and complicated truth. Too bad.

Jan. 01, 1997 - from "Educational Junkscience", published on The Canadian Conservative Forum
Genuis, Dr. Mark  
Several public opinion polls conducted over the past few years have shown that most Canadian parents do not want more day care; they want more time to spend with their children. Yet the government seems to be persisting in its efforts to introduce programs that will separate children from their parents at ever-younger ages... A wealth of psychological research shows that, for the vast majority of families, the best child care program is a stable, nurturing home with a parent as a more or less full-time caregiver. Indeed, study after study shows that parents are the best developmentalists we have, and that early childhood development programs have little, if any, power to influence child development in the long run. So if our political leaders truly care for children, they will think twice before investing more tax dollars in programs that a majority of Canadian parents say they don't want and that science tells us are unlikely to produce lasting improvements in children's intellectual or emotional development.

Nov. 1, 1999 - from the weekly debate on the National Foundation for Family Research and Education Web site
Hayek, Friedrich
There are no better terms available to describe [the] difference between the approach of the natural and the social sciences than to call the former objective and the latter subjective. ...While for the natural scientist the contrast between objective facts and subjective opinions is a simple one, the distinction cannot as readily be applied to the object of the social sciences. The reason for this is that the object, the facts of the social sciences are also opinions - not opinions of the student of the social phenomena, of course, but opinions of those whose actions produce the object of the social scientist.

Heinlein, Robert Anson
If it can't be expressed in figures, it is not science; it is opinion.

1973 - from Time Enough for Love
Henry, Patrick
Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains. A vitiated state of morals, a corrupted public conscience, is incompatible with freedom. No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.




Huxley, Thomas Henry
Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed.

1893 - from Collected Essays II: Darwiniana
The man of science has learned to believe in justification, not by faith, but by verification.

1893 - from Collected Essays I: Method and Results
Ecclesiasticism in science is only unfaithfulness to truth.

1893 - from Collected Essays II: Darwiniana
I am as strongly convinced as the most pronounced individualist can be, that it is desirable that every man should be free to act in every way which does not limit the corresponding freedom of his fellowman. But I fail to connect that great induction of political science with the practical corollary which is frequently drawn from it: that the State - that is, the people in their corporate capacity - has no business to meddle with anything but the administration of justice and external defence. It appears to me that the amount of freedom which incorporate society may fitly leave to its members is not a fixed quantity, to be determined a priori by deduction from the fiction called 'natural rights'; but that it must be determined by, and vary with, circumstances. I conceive it to be demonstrable that the higher and the more complex the organization of the social body, the more closely is the life of each member bound up with that of the whole; and the larger becomes the category of acts which cease to be merely self-regarding, and which interfere with the freedom of others more or less seriously.

1894 - from Collected Essays IX: Evolution and Ethics, and Other Essays
Jefferson, Thomas
It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself to resist invasions of it in the case of others.

Keller, Helen
Science may have found a cure for most evils, but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all -- the apathy of human beings.

Kimura, Doreen  
Three separate studies of employment practices in Canadian universities have reported that women are being hired in proportions higher than would be expected from their numbers in the pool of qualified applicants. This applies to all fields, including science. Inevitably, this means some women are being hired over better-qualified men. Although women are indeed found in lower numbers in the physical sciences than in other fields (a pattern found throughout the world), there is no credible evidence that this is due to either systemic or direct discrimination.

Jul. 26, 1999 - from "Affirmative action is junk science", published in the National Post
Kors, Alan Charles
Combatants in the culture wars of today’s contemporary universities generally focus on issues of curriculum and scholarship, and critics of these prevailing practices have a great deal to target: a so-called multiculturalism that generally is merely a celebration of the cultural Left, wherever it is found; the spread of a pedagogy that seeks disciples rather than critically minded inquirers; the elevation by literary studies of pathology into high theory; the degradation of whole fields of the humanities and social sciences into tendentious 'oppression studies'; and scholarship in which one no longer can distinguish between parody and the real thing.

Oct. 05, 1998 - from his essay "The Betrayal of Liberty on America’s Campuses"
Kuhn, Thomas S.
The transition from a paradigm in crisis to a new one from which a new tradition of normal science can emerge is far from a cumulative process ... Rather it is a reconstruction of the field from new fundamentals, a reconstruction that changes some of the field's most elementary theoretical generalizations...

1962 - from The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
Lewis, C.S.
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences.




Mencken, Henry Louis
What we confront is not the failure of capitalism, but simply the failure of democracy. Capitalism has really been responsible for all the progress of the modern age. Better than any other system ever devised, it provides leisure for large numbers of superior men, and so fosters the arts and sciences. No other system ever heard of is so beneficial to invention. Its fundamental desire for gain may be far from glorious per se, but it at least furthers improvement in all the departments of life. We owe to it every innovation that makes life secure and comfortable.

Murphy, Richard A.
Before Canada jeopardizes its scientific future and compromises its scientific community to achieve short-term budgetary solutions, it must recognize that the funding of university science is both a government responsibility and a long-range investment. Without government support, Canada's university science infrastructure will erode, and along with it, the country's competitiveness in a world economy increasingly based on knowledge.

Jan. 10, 1997 - Science Magazine editorial (with Albert Aguyo)
National Post, The  
[Dalhousie University accepts an anonymous grant with the condition that an unqualified left-wing Sierra Club activist activist be hired as professor] Some professors still believe in teaching about arts and sciences the way they are - not the way politicians want them to be. Some universities still place an emphasis on objective truth, not the spin of an anonymous foreign donor. Dalhousie University used to be such a place.

Jul. 28, 1999 - from its editorial
O'Rourke, P.J.
Liberalism ... is ultimately about the primitive, ignorant, tribal idea of collective life. And about human sacrifice - liberals like that even better. The will, the conscience, the very existence of the person must be destroyed for the benefit of the mob. Liberals have the same morals as Fascists, Communists, Crips, and Bloods.

1994 - from "The Carribean Refugee Crisis", published in The American Spectator Magazine
Oppenheimer, Robert
As long as men are free to ask what they must; free to say what they think; free to think what they will; freedom can never be lost and science can never regress.

Oct. 10, 1949 - quoted in Life Magazine
There must be no barriers to freedom of inquiry. There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any error. Where science has been used in the past to erect a new dogmatism, that dogmatism has found itself incompatible with the progress of science; and in the end, the dogma has yielded, or science and freedom have perished together.

Oct. 10, 1949 - quoted in Life Magazine
Penn, William
My prison shall be my grave before I will budge a jot, for I owe my conscience to no man.

1668 - from a letter to his father from the Tower of London
Reagan, Ronald Wilson
The size of the federal budget is not an appropriate barometer of social conscience or charitable concern.

Oct. 05, 1981 - from a speech to the National Alliance of Business
Robertson, Pat
The profit motive is not evil; it is a creative force. It is based on self-interest, to be sure, but from this has come technology, creativity, the tremendous explosion of the scientific method, and other things that have made our world a better place in which to live.

1985 - from his book Answers to 200 of Life's Most Probing Questions
Roosevelt, Franklin D.
 One sure way to determine the social conscience of a Government is to examine the way taxes are collected and how they are spent. And one sure way to determine the social conscience of an individual is to get his tax-reaction. Taxes, after all, are the dues that we pay for the privileges of membership in an organized society.

Oct. 21, 1936 - from a campaign speech delivered in Worcester, Massacheusetts



Russell, Bertrand
I think the subject which will be of utmost importance politically is mass psychology. ... Various results will soon be arrived at [including] that the influence of home is obstructive ... in time anybody will be able to persuade anybody of anything if he can reach the patient young and is provided by the State with money and equipment. ... Although this science will be diligently studied, it will be rigidly confined to the governing class. The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated. When the technique has been perfected, every government that has been in charge of education for a generation will be able to control its subjects securely without the need of armies or policemen. ... Educational propaganda, with government help, could achieve this result in a generation. There are, however, two powerful forces opposed to such a policy: one is religion; the other is nationalism.

1953 - from The Impact of Science on Society
Rutherford, Lord Ernest
The only possible interpretation of any research whatever in the 'social sciences' is: some do, some don't.

Sagan, Carl Edward
We've arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology. We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.

At the extremes it is difficult to distinguish pseudoscience from rigid, doctrinaire religion.

1996 - from The Demon-Haunted World: Science As a Candle in the Dark
I worry that, especially as the Millennium edges nearer, pseudoscience and superstition will seem year by year more tempting, the siren song of unreason more sonorous and attractive. ... The candle flame gutters. Its little pool of light trembles. Darkness gathers. The demons begin to stir.

1996 - from The Demon-Haunted World: Science As a Candle in the Dark
Snow, Charles Percy
The only ethical principle that has made science possible is that the truth shall be told all the time. If we do not penalize false statements made in error, we open up the way ... for false statements made by intention.

1959 - from The Two Cultures
Solzhenitsyn, Alexander
Justice is conscience, not a personal conscience but the conscience of the whole of humanity. Those who clearly recognize the voice of their own conscience usually recognize also the voice of justice.

Oct. 01, 1967 - from a letter to three students (published in Solzhenitsyn: A Documentary Record ed. by Leopold Labedz)
Sowell, Thomas
The junk science that has become one of the hallmarks of the crusades of the political left, both in and out of the courtroom, has a long pedigree. The left has for centuries tried to use the mystique of science to promote ideas that not only have no scientific basis, but are often the very antithesis of science. In the 19th century, Marx and Engels referred to their social dogmas as 'scientific socialism.' A century earlier, Condorcet analogized social issues to engineering problems. But there was no more relationship between these notions and science or engineering than there is between today's cultural relativism and Einstein's theory of relativity.

May 17, 1999 - from "Social dogmas and pseudoscience", published in Forbes Magazine
[Leftist junk science] Modern science, like ancient philosophy, concludes that appearances can differ greatly from reality, but that is wholly different from saying that there is no reality beyond our subjective perceptions.

May 17, 1999 - from "Social dogmas and pseudoscience", published in Forbes Magazine
Where science and the social visions of the left differ most is in testing their beliefs against empirical evidence. For science, such tests are essential. For the left, evasions of such tests are essential.

May 17, 1999 - from "Social dogmas and pseudoscience", published in Forbes Magazine



... three distinguished American scientists, one a Nobel laureate, offered to help design California's new science curriculum last fall - and their offer was rejected. What this little episode shows is that creating a curriculum in our public schools is not about getting children educated. It is about doing things that teachers like and can handle. The last thing they want is a science curriculum designed by somebody with a Nobel Prize. ... The National Education Association may make a lot of noise about not wanting 'unqualified' people in the classrooms. But this is Newspeak. What they mean by 'unqualified' are people who have not jumped through the hoops of the education schools and education departments. Nobel Prize winners are unqualified by this definition.

Mar. 23, 1998 - from "Scientists need not apply", published in Forbes Magazine
Suzuki, David  
Education has failed in a very serious way to convey the most important lesson science can teach: skepticism.

quoted in Columbo's New Canadian Quotations by John Robert Columbo
Tobey, Charles W.
A democratic government is only as strong as the alert conscience of its people.

Twain, Mark
It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them.

1897 - from Following the Equator
von Braun, Werner
In this modern world of ours many people seem to think that science has somehow made such religious ideas as immortality untimely or old fashioned.I think science has a real surprise for the skeptics. Science, for instance, tells us that nothing in nature, not even the tiniest particle, can disappear without a trace. Nature does not know extinction. All it knows is transformation. If God applies this fundamental principle to the most minute and insignificant parts of His universe, doesn t it make sense to assume that He applies it to the masterpiece of His creation, the human soul?

Washington, George
There is nothing which can better deserve our patronage than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.

Jan. 8, 1790 - from an address to the U.S. Congress