"Instead, in the absence of respect for human rights, science and its offspring technology have been used in this century as brutal instruments for oppression."
"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."John Charles Polanyi on Albert Einstein
"The typewriting machine, when played with expression, is no more annoying than the piano when played by a sister or near relation."John Charles Polanyi on Oscar Wilde
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."John Charles Polanyi on Arthur C. Clarke
"The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life."John Charles Polanyi on John F. Kennedy
"I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack that life is extinct on other planets because their scientists were more advanced than ours."John Charles Polanyi on John F. Kennedy
"When, as we must often do, we fear science, we really fear ourselves."
"For science must breathe the oxygen of freedom."
"Human dignity is better served by embracing knowledge."
"Scientia is knowledge. It is only in the popular mind that it is equated with facts."
"Others think it the responsibility of scientists to coerce the rest of society, because they have the power that derives from special knowledge."
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