Michael Polanyi Quotes

Millions are spend annually on the cultivation and dissemination of science by the public authorities who will not give a penny for the advancement of astrology or sorcery. In other words, our society is deeply committed to beliefs about the nature of things, beliefs which are different from those to which the early Egyptian or Aztec civilizations were committed.

 
Context
At the time, the public investment in science was just exploded as a result of the Manhattan Project, the effort that researched and built the first atomic bomb. By the end of the 20th century, a period of a little more than 50 years science research was funded in the billions of dollars and even correcting for inflation, the investment (Federal, State, and Local) had multiplied many fold.
Michael Polanyi
Michael Polanyi
  • Born: March 11, 1891
  • Died: February 22, 1976
  • Nationality: Hungarian
  • Profession: Professor Physical Chemistry, Professor Social Studies

Michael Polanyi FRS was a Hungarian-British polymath, who made important theoretical contributions to physical chemistry, economics, and philosophy. He argued that positivism supplies a false account of knowing, which if taken seriously undermines humanity's highest achievements.