— Paul A. Samuelson American economist 1915 - 2009
[Samuelson, Paul Anthony, Puttaswamaiah, K., 2002, Paul Samuelson and the Foundations of Modern Economics, 10 http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=_Lvflq4Wv-wC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA10]
„It is no crime to be ignorant of economics, which is, after all, a specialized discipline and one that most people consider to be a 'dismal science.' But it is totally irresponsible to have a loud and vociferous opinion on economic subjects while remaining in this state of ignorance.“
— Paul A. Samuelson American economist 1915 - 2009
„Economics is the most human of sciences. It is the science of wants and frustrations. It is psychology subject to the abstract, amplifying forces of mathematics.“
— Ian McDonald British science fiction novelist 1960
Ch. 2, §8 (p. 72)
„Economics has been called the dismal science. Once you get to understand it, you may not find it so dismal, but you don't find it much of a science either.“
— Jean Chrétien 20th Prime Minister of Canada 1934
Chapter Five, A Balancing Act, p. 108
„Consider, for example, the state of Science generally, in Europe, at this period. It is admitted, on all sides, that the Metaphysical and Moral Sciences are falling into decay, while the Physical are engrossing, every day, more respect and attention. In most of the European nations there is now no such thing as a Science of Mind; only more or less advancement in the general science, or the special sciences, of matter.“
— Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
„Knowledge is not happiness, and science
But an exchange of ignorance for that
Which is another kind of ignorance.“
— George Gordon Byron English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement 1788 - 1824
Act II, scene iv.
„But the division of labor is not peculiar to the economic world; we can observe its growing influence in the most varied fields of society. The political, administrative, and judicial functions are growing more and more specialized. It is the same with the aesthetic and scientific functions. It is long since philosophy reigned as the science unique; it has been broken into a multitude of special disciplines each of which has its object, method, and thought. “Men working in the sciences have become increasingly more specialized.“
— Émile Durkheim French sociologist (1858-1917) 1858 - 1917
— Adrian Mitchell British writer 1932 - 2008
Poems (1964), Preface.
„A reconsideration of the discussion in which I took an active part more than 40 years ago has left me with a rather depressing view of the somewhat shameful state of what has become an established part of economic science, the subject of ‘economic systems’. It appears to me that in this subject political attractiveness has been preserved by the flimsiest of arguments. The kindest thing one can say is that some well-meaning people have allowed themselves to be deceived by the vague and thoughtless language commonly used by specialists in the theory of these issues.“
— Friedrich Hayek Austrian and British economist and Nobel Prize for Economics laureate 1899 - 1992
„If, in pursuing this object, we employ our skill in research, not in forming vain conjectures; and if data are to be found, on which Science may form just conclusions, we should not long remain in ignorance with respect to the natural history of this Earth, a subject on which hitherto opinion only, and not evidence, has decided. For in no subject is there naturally less defect of evidence, although philosophers, led by prejudice, or misguided by false theory, have neglected to employ that light by which they should have seen the system of the world.“
— Stephen Baxter author 1957
Chapter 14, “We have now got to the end of our reasoning” (p. 130)
— William Stanley Jevons English economist and logician 1835 - 1882
Chapter I, Introduction, p. 38.
„Most [people] see education only as the means by which a person is transported from one economic plane to a higher one.“
— Richard M. Weaver American scholar 1910 - 1963
“Education and the individual,” p. 42.
„The study of science, dissociated from that of philosophy and literature, narrows the mind and weakens the power to love and follow the noblest ideals: for the truths which science ignores and must ignore are precisely those which have the deepest bearing on life and conduct.“
— John Lancaster Spalding Catholic bishop 1840 - 1916
„I have been accused of being ignorant of economics (although I am the founder and Chairman of the Board of a company which publishes seven professional economic newsletters), of being ignorant of sociology (although I am trained in sociology and was C. Wright Mills' research assistant at Columbia), of being unable to use statistics (although I earned my living as a professional statistician for five years) and of ignoring political factors“
— Lloyd deMause American thinker 1931
although all my graduate training was in political science Ch. 2, ibid.
„The German people trusted the Führer. Given his authoritarian direction of the state, they had no inﬂuence on events. Ignorant of the crimes of which we know today, the people have fought with loyalty, self-sacrifice, and courage, and they have suffered too in this life-and-death struggle into which they were arbitrarily thrust. The German people are free from blame.“
— Hermann Göring German politician and military leader 1893 - 1946
Göring's closing statement to the Nuremberg tribunal (31 August 1946)
„This investigation aims to analyze the type "bourgeois public sphere". Its particular approach is required, to begin with, by the difficulties specific to an object whose complexity precludes exclusive reliance on the specialized methods of a single discipline. Rather, the category. "public sphere" must be investigated within the broad field formerly reflected in the perspective of the traditional science of "politics."' When particular social-scientific discipline, this object disintegrates. The problems that result from fusing aspects of sociology and economics, of constitutional law and political science, and of social and intellectual history are obvious: given the present state of differentiation and specialization in the social sciences, scarcely anyone will be able to master several, let alone all, of these disciplines.“
— Jürgen Habermas German sociologist and philosopher 1929
„As scientific men we have all, no doubt, felt that our fellow men have become more and more satisfying as fish have taken up their work which has been put often to base uses, which must lead to disaster. But what sin is to the moralist and crime to the jurist so to the scientific man is ignorance. On our plane knowledge and ignorance are the immemorial adversaries.
Scientific men can hardly escape the charge of ignorance with regard to the precise effect of the impact of modern science upon the mode of living of the people and upon their civilisation. For them, such a charge is worse than that of crime.“
— Frederick Soddy chemist and physicist from England 1877 - 1956
Frederick Soddy's speech at the Nobel Banquet in Stockholm (10 December 1922) http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/1921/soddy-speech.html