Karl Popper (Philosopher)

#10575 Karl Popper

If we are uncritical we shall always find what we want: we shall look for, and find, confirmations, and we shall look away from, and not see, whatever might be dangerous to our pet theories... .

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#10576 Karl Popper

Whenever aappears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve. .

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#10577 Karl Popper

We are social creatures to the inmost centre of our being. The notion that one can begin anything at all from scratch, free from the past, or unindebted to others, could not conceivably be more wrong. .

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#10578 Karl Popper

may be described as the art of systematic over-simplification — the art of discerning what we may with advantage omit. .

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#10579 Karl Popper

The genuine rationalist does not think that he or anyone else is in possession of the ; nor does he think that mereas such helps us achieve new ideas. But he does think that, in the sphere of ideas, only critical discussion can help us sort the wheat from the chaff. .

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#10580 Karl Popper

Trueis not the absence of , but the refusal to acquire it. .

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#10581 Karl Popper

You can choose whatever name you like for the two types of . I personally call the type of government which can be removed without violence "", and the other "". .

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#10582 Karl Popper

Piecemeal social engineering resembles physical engineering in regarding theas beyond the province of . (All that technology may say about ends is whether or not they are compatible with each other or realizable.) .

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#10583 Karl Popper

If we are uncritical we shall always find what we want: we shall look for, and find, confirmations, and we shall look away from, and not see, whatever might beto our pet theories. In this way it is only too easy to obtain what appears to be overwhelming evidence in favor of a theory which, if approached critically, would have been refuted. .

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#10584 Karl Popper

Whenever a theory appears to you as the only possible one, take this as a sign that you have neither understood the theory nor the problem which it was intended to solve. .

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#10585 Karl Popper

Before we as individuals are even conscious of our existence we have been profoundly influenced for a considerable time (since before birth) by our relationship to other individuals who have complicated histories, and are members of a society which has an infinitely more complicated and longer history than they do (and are members of it at a particular time and place in that history); and by the time we are able to make conscious choices we are already making use of categories in a language which has reached a particular degree of development through the lives of countless generations of human beings before us. . . . We are social creatures to the inmost centre of our being. The notion that one can begin anything at all from scratch, free from the past, or unindebted to others, could not conceivably be more wrong. .

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#10586 Karl Popper

Appealing to his [] way of expressing himself in theological terms, I said: If God had wanted to put everything into the universe from the beginning, He would have created a universe without change, without organisms and evolution, and without man and man's experience of change. But he seems to have thought that a live universe with events unexpected even by Himself would be more interesting than a dead one. .

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#10587 Karl Popper

There is an almost universal tendency, perhaps an inborn tendency, to suspect the good faith of a man who holds opinions that differ from our own opinions. … It obviously endangers the freedom and the objectivity of our discussion if we attack a person instead of attacking an opinion or, more precisely, a theory. .

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#10588 Karl Popper

Science may be described as the art of systematic over-simplification — the art of discerning what we may with advantage omit. .

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#10589 Karl Popper

It seems to me that I may be living too long. Indeed: my nearest relations have all died, and so have some of my best friends, and even some of my best pupils. However, I do not have a reason to complain. I am grateful and happy to be alive, and still be able to continue with my work, if only just. My work seems to me more important than ever. .

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#10590 Karl Popper

I think so badly of philosophy that I don't like to talk about it. ... I do not want to say anything bad about my dear colleagues, but the profession of teacher of philosophy is a ridiculous one. We don't need a thousand of trained, and badly trained, philosophers — it is very silly. Actually most of them have nothing to say. .

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#10591 Karl Popper

I appeal to the philosophers of all countries to unite and never again mentionor talk to another philosopher who defends Heidegger. This man was a devil. I mean, he behaved like a devil to his beloved teacher, and he has a devilish influence on Germany. ... One has to read Heidegger in the original to see what a swindler he was. .

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#10593 Karl Popper

Those who promise us paradise on earth never produced anything but a hell. .

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#10594 Karl Popper

Philosophers should consider the fact that the greatest happiness principle can easily be made an excuse for a benevolent dictatorship. We should replace it by a more modest and more realistic principle — the principle that the fight against avoidable misery should be a recognized aim of public policy, while the increase of happiness should be left, in the main, to private initiative. .

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#10595 Karl Popper

True ignorance is not the absence of knowledge, but the refusal to acquire it. .

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#10596 Karl Popper

...no matter how many instances of white swans we may have observed, this does not justify the conclusion that all swans are white. .

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#10599 Karl Popper

The game of science is, in principle, without end. He who decides one day that scientific statements do not call for any further test, and that they can be regarded as finally verified, retires from the game. .

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#10600 Karl Popper

We may become the makers of our fate when we have ceased to pose as its prophets. .

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#10601 Karl Popper

If in this book harsh words are spoken about some of the greatest among the intellectual leaders of mankind, my motive is not, I hope, the wish to belittle them. It springs rather from my conviction that, if our civilization is to survive, we must break with the habit of deference to great men. Great men may make great mistakes; and as the book tries to show, some of the greatest leaders of the past supported the perennial attack on freedom and reason. Their influence, too rarely challenged, continues to mislead those on whose defence civilization depends, and to divide them. The responsibility of this tragic and possibly fatal division becomes ours if we hesitate to be outspoken in our criticism of what admittedly is a part of our intellectual heritage. By reluctance to criticize some of it, we may help to destroy it all. .

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#10605 Karl Popper

If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. .

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#10606 Karl Popper

What a monument of human smallness is this idea of the philosopher king. What a contrast between it and the simplicity of humaneness of , who warned the statesmen against the danger of being dazzled by his own power, excellence, and wisdom, and who tried to teach him what matters most — that we are all frail human beings. What a decline from this world of irony and reason and truthfulness down to 's kingdom of the sage whose magical powers raise him high above ordinary men; although not quite high enough to forgo the use of lies, or to neglect the sorry trade of every shaman — the selling of spells, of breeding spells, in exchange for power over his fellow-men. .

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#10607 Karl Popper

We must plan for freedom, and not only for security, if for no other reason than only freedom can make security more secure. .

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#10608 Karl Popper

The open society is one in which men have learned to be to some extent critical of taboos, and to base decisions on the authority of their own intelligence. .

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#10610 Karl Popper

There is no history of mankind, there is only an indefinite number of histories of all kinds of aspects of human life. .

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#10612 Karl Popper

No rational argument will have a rational effect on a man who does not want to adopt a rational attitude. .

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