"It is that of increasing knowledge of empirical fact, intimately combined with changing interpretations of this body of fact - hence changing general statements about it - and, not least, a changing a structure of the theoretical system."
"The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."Talcott Parsons on Albert Einstein
"Information is not knowledge."Talcott Parsons on Albert Einstein
"A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots."Talcott Parsons on Marcus Garvey
"Knowledge of what is does not open the door directly to what should be."Talcott Parsons on Albert Einstein
"Ignorance is the curse of God knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven."Talcott Parsons on William Shakespeare
"The functions of the family in a highly differentiated society are not to be interpreted as functions directly on behalf of the society, but on behalf of personality."
"But the scientific importance of a change in knowledge of fact consists precisely in j its having consequences for a system of theory."
"From all this it follows what the general character of the problem of the development of a body of scientific knowledge is, in so far as it depends on elements internal to science itself."
"It is probably safe to say that all the changes of factual knowledge which have led to the relativity theory, resulting in a very great theoretical development, are completely trivial from any point of view except their relevance to the structure of a theoretical system."
"The hypothesis may be put forward, to be tested by the s subsequent investigation, that this development has been in large part a matter of the reciprocal interaction of new factual insights and knowledge on the one hand with changes in the theoretical system on the other."