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But the scientific importance of a change in knowledge
by Talcott Parsons

But the scientific importance of a change in knowledge
of fact consists precisely in j its having consequences for a system of theory.
- Talcott Parsons

The part an actor played on stage was once written
on a separate roll of paper.
- Talcott Parsons

Now obviously the propositions of the system have reference
to matters of empirical fact;
if they did not,
they could have no claim to be called scientific.
- Talcott Parsons

The importance of certain problems concerning the facts
will be inherent in the structure of the system.
- Talcott Parsons

 

That is, a system starts with a group of interrelated
propositions which involve reference to empirical observations
within the logical framework of the propositions in question.
- Talcott Parsons

Special emphasis should be laid on this intimate interrelation
of general statements about empirical fact with the
logical elements and structure of theoretical systems.
- Talcott Parsons

In so far as such a theory is empirically correct it
will also tell us what empirical facts it should be
possible to observe in a given set of circumstances.
- Talcott Parsons

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The functions of the family in a highly differentiated
society are not to be interpreted as functions directly
on behalf of the society,
but on behalf of personality.
- Talcott Parsons

But the fact a person denies that he is theorising
is no reason for taking him at his word and failing
to investigate what implicit theory is involved in his statements.
- Talcott Parsons

If there are four equations and only three variables,
and no one of the equations is derivable from the others
by algebraic manipulation then there is another variable missing.
- Talcott Parsons

Of course there may well be particular reasons why
Spencer rather than others is dead,
as there were also particular reasons why he rather
than others made such a stir.
- Talcott Parsons

Empirical interest will be in the facts so far as they
are relevant to the solution of these problems.
- Talcott Parsons

Theory not only formulates what we know but also tells us what we want to know,
that is, the questions to which an answer is needed.
- Talcott Parsons

Spencer's god was Evolution, sometimes also called Progress.
- Talcott Parsons

A gloss is a total system of perception and language.
- Talcott Parsons

The main concern of the study is with the outline of a theoretical system.
Its minor variations from writer to writer are not
a matter of concern to this analysis.
- Talcott Parsons

If observed facts of undoubted accuracy will not fit
any of the alternatives it leaves open,
the system itself is in need of reconstruction.
- Talcott Parsons

A theoretical system does not merely state facts which
have been observed and that logically deducible relations
to other facts which have also been observed.
- Talcott Parsons

Thus, in general, in the first instance,
the direction of interest in empirical fact will be
canalised by the logical structure of the theoretical system.
- Talcott Parsons

The conception that, instead of this,
contemporary society is at or near a turning point
is very prominent in the views of a school of social scientists who,
though they are still comparatively few,
are getting more and more of a hearing.
- Talcott Parsons

The system becomes logically closed when each of the
logical implications which can be derived from any
one proposition within the system finds its statement
in another proposition in the same system.
- Talcott Parsons

From all this it follows what the general character
of the problem of the development of a body of scientific knowledge is,
in so far as it depends on elements internal to science itself.
- Talcott Parsons

It is that of increasing knowledge of empirical fact,
intimately combined with changing interpretations of this body of fact -
hence changing general statements about it -
and,
not least, a changing a structure of the theoretical system.
- Talcott Parsons

The hypothesis may be put forward, to be tested by
the s subsequent investigation,
that this development has been in large part a matter
of the reciprocal interaction of new factual insights
and knowledge on the one hand with changes in the theoretical system on the other.
- Talcott Parsons

The implications of these considerations justify the
statement that all empirically verifiable knowledge
even the commonsense knowledge of everyday life -
involves implicitly,
if not explicitly, systematic theory in this sense.
- Talcott Parsons

It is probably safe to say that all the changes of
factual knowledge which have led to the relativity theory,
resulting in a very great theoretical development,
are completely trivial from any point of view except
their relevance to the structure of a theoretical system.
- Talcott Parsons

Among those who are satisfactory in this respect it
is desirable to have represented as great a diversity
of intellectual tradition,
social milieu and personal character as possible.
- Talcott Parsons

Bad times have a scientific value.
These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The process of scientific discovery is,
in effect, a continual flight from wonder.
- Albert Einstein

On the ordinary view of each species
having been independently created,
we gain no scientific explanation.
- Charles Darwin

Anybody who has been seriously engaged is scientific
work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to
the gates of the temple of science are written the words:
'Ye must have faith.'
- Max Planck

Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons.
Science is used to raise money for the expeditions,
but you really climb for the hell of it.
- Edmund Hillary

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.
We have guided missiles and misguided men.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The means by which we live have outdistanced
the ends for which we live.
Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power.
We have guided missiles and misguided men.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Scientific theory is a contrived foothold in the chaos of living phenomena.
- Wilhelm Reich

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings
of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.
- Mark Russell

The secret of improved plant breeding,
apart from scientific knowledge, is love.
- Luther Burbank

In wilderness I sense the miracle of life,
and behind it our scientific accomplishments fade to trivia.
- Charles Lindbergh

It is a scientific fact that your body will not absorb
cholesterol if you take it from another person's plate.
- Dave Barry

The modern dilemma is essentially a spiritual one,
and every one of its main aspects, moral,
political and scientific, brings us back to the need of a religious solution.
- Christopher Dawson

Traditional market researchers are cold and calculating and scientific.
- Frank Luntz

A World is not an ideology nor a scientific institution,
nor is it even a system of ideologies;
rather,
it is a structure of unconscious relations and symbiotic processes.
- William Irwin Thompson

As we consider the fast pace of scientific and technological
progress in our modern world,
we must not lose our moral compass and give way to 'free market eugenics'.
- Sam Brownback

I think that for the highest achievements nowadays...
need to have the stable as a rock scientific base.
And also need to own modesty.
- Alexander Alekhine

Our idea of nature is increasingly being determined
by scientific developments.
And they have become decisive for our image of reality.
- Thom Mayne

The purpose of this study is to offer a logical,
practical, pragmatic proof of the existence of God
from a purely scientific perspective.
- John Clayton

This means that to entrust to science -
or to deliberate control according to scientific principles -
more than scientific method can achieve may have deplorable effects.
- Friedrich August von Hayek

We're uncomfortable about considering history as a science.
It's classified as a social science,
which is considered not quite scientific.
- Jared Diamond

Indeed science alone may perhaps be sterile when pursued
without an understanding of the world in which scientific
knowledge is created and in which the fruits of science are used.
- Polykarp Kusch

And we invested three hundred thousand dollars,
became the lead investor and I became Chairman of the
Board of Scientific Data Systems,
as I was at Intel for a while.
- Arthur Rock

The process of philosophic and scientific enlightenment
has shaken the stability of beliefs held explicitly as articles of faith.
- Michael Polanyi

Scientific prayer makes God a celestial lab rat,
leading to bad science and worse religion.
- Michael Shermer

If a psychiatric and scientific inquiry were to be made upon our rulers,
mankind would be appalled at the disclosures.
- Alfred Korzybski

Nothing is less predictable than the development of
an active scientific field.
- Charles Francis Richter

Poetic knowledge is born in the great silence of scientific knowledge.
- Aime Cesaire

Dreams are a scientific fact.
- Robyn Hitchcock

I have suggested that scientific progress requires a favorable environment.
- Ernest Lawrence

The real difference between a man's scientific judgments
about himself and the judgment of others about him
is he has added sources of knowledge.
- Edward Thorndike

One of the things that I've been doing recently in
my scientific research is to ask this question:
Is the universe actually capable of performing things
like digital computations?
- Seth Lloyd

Scientific reality is the modern human condition,
and you can see that in the symbolic nature of my work.
- Thom Mayne

We also had to bring with us some desired scientific
equipment over to the station as well as assemble new machines.
For that, I had to conduct two space walks.
- Philippe Perrin

People are not the only interesting organism on earth.
From the point of view of scientific or commercial value,
there are lots of interesting organisms.
- Daniel Nathans

The latest scientific assessment has almost doubled
the predicted rate of warming if no changes are made.
- Donella Meadows

Let it be understood, in the first place,
that a science fiction story must be an exposition
of a scientific theme and it must be also a story.
- Hugo Gernsback

It is right that we be concerned with the scientific probity of metaphysics.
- Gabriel Marcel

You live in a deranged age, more deranged that usual,
because in spite of great scientific and technological advances,
man has not the faintest idea of who he is or what he is doing.
- Walker Percy

Polytechnique is a school whose multidisciplinary,
very high scientific level curriculum is invaluable.
- Philippe Perrin

Part of our western outlook stems from the scientific
attitude and its method of isolating the parts of a
phenomenon in order to analyze them.
- Arthur Erickson

Creationist critics often charge that evolution cannot be tested,
and therefore cannot be viewed as a properly scientific subject at all.
This claim is rhetorical nonsense.
- Stephen Jay Gould

In my grandfather's lab, scientists did independent research,
and peers reviewed and commented on its merits.
Politics, he taught me, had no place in the scientific process.
- Tammy Baldwin

We would like to carry out 100 percent,
or maybe more, of our scientific program;
I would like to devote some of my spare time toward extra scientific work.
- John L. Phillips


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