„Intelligence is loose in the galaxy. Power is in our hands, for better or worse. We can modify Nature’s rules, if we dare, but we cannot ignore her lessons.“
— David Brin, kniha Glory Season
Introduction to Chapter 2 (p. 32)
Glory Season (1993)
„They think that intelligence is about noticing things are relevant (detecting patterns); in a complex world, intelligence consists in ignoring things that are irrelevant (avoiding false patterns)“
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, statistician, former trader and risk analyst 1960
— James Russell Lowell American poet, critic, editor, and diplomat 1819 - 1891
Democracy and Other Addresses (1886)
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
The Liberty of Man, Woman and Child (1877)
Kontext: There is no slavery but ignorance. Liberty is the child of intelligence.
The history of man is simply the history of slavery, of injustice and brutality, together with the means by which he has, through the dead and desolate years, slowly and painfully advanced.
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb, kniha The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms
Zdroj: The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical Aphorisms (2010), p. 78
— Muhammad al-Baqir fifth of the Twelve Shia Imams 677 - 733
Ibn Shu’ba al-Harrani, Tuhaf al-'Uqul, p. 165
— Neil deGrasse Tyson American astrophysicist and science communicator 1958
Zdroj: Death by Black Hole - And Other Cosmic Quandaries
„We do not want dictators, we do not want oligarchic parties or class rule, we want a widespread world intelligence conscious of itself.“
— H. G. Wells, kniha World Brain
Preface, p. xvi
World Brain (1938)
Kontext: We do not want dictators, we do not want oligarchic parties or class rule, we want a widespread world intelligence conscious of itself. To work out a way to that world brain organization is therefore our primary need in this age of imperative construction.
„I can promise you that the world is a factory. The sun stirs it, the humans rule it. And I remain. I carry them away.- spoken by death“
— Markus Zusak, kniha Zlodějka knih
Zdroj: The Book Thief
— Al-Shaykh Al-Mufid scholar 948 - 1022
The Book of Guidance into the Lives of the Twelve Imams, 1981, "The Life of the Commander of the Faithful" (I. K. A. Howard (tr.)).
— Saul Bellow Canadian-born American writer 1915 - 2005
Compare: It’s a point so blindingly obvious that only an extraordinarily clever and sophisticated person could fail to grasp it.
John Bercow, 2016.
Varianta: There is no limit to the amount of intelligence invested in ignorance when the need for illusion runs deep.
Zdroj: To Jerusalem and Back: A Personal Account (1976), p. 127
— B.K.S. Iyengar Indian yoga teacher and scholar 1918 - 2014
Zdroj: Light on Life: The Yoga Journey to Wholeness, Inner Peace, and Ultimate Freedom, p. 9-10
„I am very worried that most Americans are close to total ignorance about the world. They are ignorant. That is an unhealthy condition in a country in which foreign policy has to be endorsed by the people if it is to be pursued. And it makes it much more difficult for any president to pursue an intelligent policy that does justice to the complexity of the world.“
— Zbigniew Brzeziński Polish-American political scientist 1928 - 2017
Spokespersons of US Right 'In Most Cases Stunningly Ignorant, Interview in Der Spiegel http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,733079,00.html, December 6, 2010.
— Ai Weiwei Chinese concept artist 1957
Ai Weiwei Twitter feed: @AiWW(4:19 p.m. December 2, 2009).
2000-09, Twitter feeds, 2009
„It is to the advantage of despots to keep people ignorant; it is to our advantage to make them intelligent. We must lead all of them gradually away from ignorance.“
— Mao Zedong Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China 1893 - 1976
Directives on the Cultural Revolution (1966-1972)
„Given what can be achieved through intelligent and humane intervention, it is amazing how inactive and smug most societies are about the prevalence of the unshared burden of disability.“
— Amartya Sen Indian economist 1933
quoted in Andrew Balls, "Donors urged to focus more on disability link", Financial Times (December 2, 2004)
„Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world. Science is the highest personification of the nation because that nation will remain the first which carries the furthest the works of thought and intelligence.“
— Louis Pasteur French chemist and microbiologist 1822 - 1895
As quoted in Louis Pasteur, Free Lance of Science (1960) by René Jules Dubos, Ch. 3 : Pasteur in Action
„Those who live in a cold climate and in [northern] Europe are full of spirit, but wanting in intelligence and skill; and therefore they keep their freedom, but have no political organization, and are incapable of ruling over others. Whereas the natives of Asia are intelligent and inventive, but they are wanting in spirit, and therefore they are always in a state of subjection and slavery. But the Hellenic race, which is situated between them, is likewise intermediate in character, being high-spirited and also intelligent. Hence it continues free, and is the best governed of any nation, and, if it could be formed into one state, would be able to rule the world.“
— Aristotle, kniha Politics
Book VII, 7, 1327b http://books.google.com/books?id=QiqGAAAAMAAJ, tr. Benjamian Jowett (1908)
„A good world needs knowledge, kindliness, and courage; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past, or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men.“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
"What We Must Do"
1920s, Why I Am Not a Christian (1927)
Kontext: The whole conception of God is a conception derived from the ancient Oriental despotisms. It is a conception quite unworthy of free men. When you hear people in church debasing themselves and saying that they are miserable sinners, and all the rest of it, it seems contemptible and not worthy of self-respecting human beings. We ought to stand up and look the world frankly in the face. We ought to make the best we can of the world, and if it is not so good as we wish, after all it will still be better than what these others have made of it in all these ages. A good world needs knowledge, kindliness, and courage; it does not need a regretful hankering after the past, or a fettering of the free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men.