Friedrich August von HayekFriedrich August von Hayek, (1899-1992), Nobel Laureate of Economic Sciences 1974

Friedrich August von Hayek Quote

“Ever since the beginning of modern science, the best minds have recognized that "the range of acknowledged ignorance will grow with the advance of science." Unfortunately, the popular effect of this scientific advance has been a belief, seemingly shared by many scientists, that the range of our ignorance is steadily diminishing and that we can therefore aim at more comprehensive and deliberate control of all human activities. It is for this reason that those intoxicated by the advance of knowledge so often become the enemies of freedom.”

Friedrich August von HayekFriedrich August von Hayek
~ Friedrich August von Hayek


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EGL, LA
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EGL, LA    9/19/06

Very strange.

Ken, Allyn, WA

Very strange, but very true. Scientists, being merely human, are sometimes arrogant in their knowledge. Some will "see the light" and think they have found the ultimate answer to a question and they stop inquiry. If enough become true believers the subject becomes dogma and anyone who further questions the dogma become an heretic and is treated as such.

E Archer, NYC

Logical indeed. With each new discovery, the domain of possibilities expands. There are things we think we know, things we know we don't know, and things we don't even know we don't know. The discoveries of science often challenge those things we think we know and usually expand the domain of those things we know we don't know. Those attempting to control human behavior because 'they know' have historically been 'wrong' even though they may possess the power to enforce their theories as truth. The scientist is ever an enemy to 'those that know' and a hero to 'those that know they don't know.' ;-)

David L. Rosenthal

Insightful and eloquent.

SCSURFR, La Mirada

Gee, I don't know!

Mike, Norwalk

Global warming and vaccines are but 2 examples. By way of illustration but not by way of limitation: with a scientific premise that vaccinations prevent disease, all people should be vaccinated. Disneyland and measles are used to support that argument. Not being addressed is the ill effects and death associated to the vaccines. Also, not being addressed is, the majority of those coming down with measles, contracted while at Disneyland, were already immunized through public measles vaccinations. (the more I know, the more I know I don't know)

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