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    Every profession has an ideology and a drive for power that goes far beyond its achievements and it is the task of democracy to keep this ideology and this drive under control. Science is here no different from other institutions.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    Early Chinese thinkers had taken variety at face value. They had favored diversification and collected anomalies instead of trying to explain them away.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: value 
     
    Today science prevails not because of its comparative merits, but because the show has been rigged in its favour... It reigns supreme because some past successes have led to institutional measures (education; role of experts; role of power groups such as the AMA) that prevent a comeback of the rivals.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: power  past  success 
     
    Rational discourse is only one way of presenting and examining an issue and by no means the best. Our new intellectuals are not aware of its limitations and of the nature of the things outside.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: nature 
     
    A free society is a society in which all traditions have equal rights and equal access to the centers of power. A tradition receives these rights not because the importance the cash value, as it were) it has for outsiders but because it gives meaning to the lives of those who participate in it.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: society  power  live  meaning  value  right 
     
    Taking experimental results and observations for granted and putting the burden of proof on the theory means taking the observational ideology for granted without having ever examined it.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    Rationalism... is a secularized form of the belief in the power of the word of God.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: belief  power  god 
     
    Without a constant misuse of language there cannot be any discovery, any progress
    — Paul Feyerabend
    Science is essentially an anarchic enterprise: theoretical anarchism is more humanitarian and more likely to encourage progress than its law-and-order alternatives.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    Yes, the academic world is screwed up, and there is nothing you can do about it. But don't worry about that. Just do what you want. If you know what you want to do and advocate for it, no one will put any energy into stopping you.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: world  energy  worries 
     
    Teachers' using grades and the fear of failure mould the brains of the young until they have lost every ounce of imagination they might once have possessed.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    No single theory ever agrees with all the facts in its domain
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: facts 
     
    Traditions are neither good nor bad, they simply are... Rationality is not an arbiter of traditions, it is itself a tradition or an aspect of a tradition.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: bad 
     
    My intention is not to replace one set of general rules by another such set: my intention is, rather, to convince the reader that all methodologies, even the most obvious ones, have their limits.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: rules 
     
    Arguments hardly affect the faithful- their beliefs have an entirely different foundation.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: belief 
     
    The separation of state and church must be complemented by the separation of state and science, that most recent, most aggressive, and most dogmatic religious institution.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: church  religious 
     
    The best education consists in immunizing people against systematic attempts at education.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: people  education 
     
    The only principle that does not inhibit progress is: anything goes.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: progress 
     
    Knowledge is not a series of self-consistent theories that converges toward an ideal view; it is rather an ever increasing ocean of mutually incompatible (and perhaps even incommensurable) alternatives, each single theory, each fairy tale, each myth that is part of the collection forcing the others into greater articulation and all of them contributing, via this process of competition, to the development of our consciousness.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    The sciences of today are business enterprises run on business principles. Research in large institutes is not guided by Truth and Reason but by the most rewarding fashion, and the great minds of today increasingly turn to where the money is - which means military matters.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    The only absolute truth is that there are no absolute truths.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: truth 
     
    Given any rule, however �fundamental� or �necessary� for science, there are always circumstances when it is advisable not only to ignore the rule, but to adopt its opposite.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: rules  adopt 
     
    So far Unitarian realism claiming to possess positive knowledge about Ultimate Reality has succeeded only by excluding large areas of phenomena or by declaring, without proof, that they could be reduced to basic theory, which, in this connection, means elementary particle physics.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    When Western civilization invaded the Near and Far East and what is now called the Third World it imposed its own ideas of a proper environment and a rewarding life. Doing this, it disrupted the delicate patterns of adaptation and created problems that had not existed before.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    No theory ever agrees with all the facts in its domain, yet it is not always the theory that is to blame. Facts are constituted by older ideologies, and a clash between facts and theories may be proof of progress. It is also a first step in our attempt to find the principles implicit in familiar observational notions.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: progress  facts 
     
    All religion may be centered around a generally good idea, however, this has not stopped its adherents from acting like bastards.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: ideas 
     
    Experience arises together with theoretical assumptions not before them, and an experience without theory is just as incomprehensible as is (allegedly) a theory without experience.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: experience 
     
    One knows quite well that harmony can be a harmony of appearances.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: harmony 
     
    The validity of usefulness, adequacy of popular standards can be tested only by research that violates them.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: research  standard 
     
    First-world science is one science among many; by claiming to be more it ceases to be an instrument of research and turns into a (political) pressure group.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: research 
     
    Science is only "one' of the many instruments people invented to cope with their surroundings. It is not the only one, it is not infallible and it has become too powerful, too pushy and too dangerous to be left on its own.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    The attitude of the Church was not as dogmatic as is often assumed. Interpretations of Bible passages had been revised in the light of scientific research before. Everyone regarded the earth as spherical and as freely floating in space though the Bible tells a different story.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    Facts are constituted by older ideologies, and a clash between facts and theories may be proof of progress.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: progress  facts 
     
    Science is neither a single tradition, nor the best tradition there is, except for people who have become accustomed to its presence, its benefits and its disadvantages. In a democracy it should be separated from the state just as churches are now separated from the state.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: people  church  democracy 
     
    Science is an essentially anarchic enterprise.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    Mathematical Reasoning is not only exact; it has its own criteria of reality.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: reality 
     
    I do not see why I should be polite to tyrants, who slobber of humanitarianism and think only of their own petty interests.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    The separation of science and non-science is not only artificial but also detrimental to the advancement of knowledge. If we want to understand nature, if we want to master our physical surroundings, then we must use all ideas, all methods, and not just a small selection of them.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: nature  master  ideas 
     
    It is often assumed that science starts from facts and eschews counter-factual theories. Nothing could be further from the truth. What is one of the basic assumptions of the scientific world-view? That the variety of events that surrounds us is held together by a deeper unity.
    — Paul Feyerabend
    tags: truth  facts 
     
    All religions are good 'in principle' - but unfortunately this abstract Good has only rarely prevented their practitioners from behaving like bastards.
    — Paul Feyerabend
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