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Scientific knowledge is in perpetual evolution;
by Jean Piaget

Scientific knowledge is in perpetual evolution;
it finds itself changed from one day to the next.
- Jean Piaget

This means that no single logic is strong enough to
support the total construction of human knowledge.
- Jean Piaget

The self thus becomes aware of itself,
at least in its practical action, and discovers itself
as a cause among other causes and as an object subject
to the same laws as other objects.
- Jean Piaget

During the earliest stages the child perceives things
like a solipsist who is unaware of himself as subject
and is familiar only with his own actions.
- Jean Piaget

 

Scientific thought, then, is not momentary;
it is not a static instance; it is a process.
- Jean Piaget

Logic and mathematics are nothing but specialised linguistic structures.
- Jean Piaget

Knowing reality means constructing systems of transformations that correspond,
more or less adequately, to reality.
- Jean Piaget

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It is with children that we have the best chance of
studying the development of logical knowledge,
mathematical knowledge, physical knowledge,
and so forth.
- Jean Piaget

Every acquisition of accommodation becomes material for assimilation,
but assimilation always resists new accommodations.
- Jean Piaget

The principle goal of education in the schools should
be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things,
not simply repeating what other generations have done.
- Jean Piaget

The first type of abstraction from objects I shall
refer to as simple abstraction,
but the second type I shall call reflective abstraction,
using this term in a double sense.
- Jean Piaget

Reflective abstraction, however, is based not on individual
actions but on coordinated actions.
- Jean Piaget

I have always detested any departure from reality,
an attitude which I relate to my mother's poor mental health.
- Jean Piaget

On the one hand, there are individual actions such as throwing,
pushing, touching, rubbing.
It is these individual actions that give rise most
of the time to abstraction from objects.
- Jean Piaget

To express the same idea in still another way,
I think that human knowledge is essentially active.
- Jean Piaget

The current state of knowledge is a moment in history,
changing just as rapidly as the state of knowledge
in the past has ever changed and,
in many instances, more rapidly.
- Jean Piaget

Logical positivists have never taken psychology into
account in their epistemology,
but they affirm that logical beings and mathematical
beings are nothing but linguistic structures.
- Jean Piaget

In other words, knowledge of the external world begins
with an immediate utilisation of things,
whereas knowledge of self is stopped by this purely
practical and utilitarian contact.
- Jean Piaget

In genetic epistemology, as in developmental psychology,
too, there is never an absolute beginning.
- Jean Piaget

Our problem, from the point of view of psychology and
from the point of view of genetic epistemology,
is to explain how the transition is made from a lower
level of knowledge to a level that is judged to be higher.
- Jean Piaget

From this time on, the universe is built up into an
aggregate of permanent objects connected by causal
relations that are independent of the subject and are
placed in objective space and time.
- Jean Piaget

The more the schemata are differentiated,
the smaller the gap between the new and the familiar becomes,
so that novelty, instead of constituting an annoyance avoided by the subject,
becomes a problem and invites searching.
- Jean Piaget

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

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

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

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

Most of the scientific community believes that for
the full potential of embryonic stem cell research to be reached,
the number of cell lines readily available to scientists must increase.
- Ron Kind

Scientific truth is marvelous, but moral truth is divine
and whoever breathes its air and walks by its light
has found the lost paradise.
- Horace Mann

As to Bell's talking telegraph, it only creates interest in scientific circles...
its commercial values will be limited.
- Elisha Gray

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

What standards are upheld by the scientific community
affect the community internally,
and also affect its relations with society at large,
including Congress.
- Serge Lang

While a lab Director can get done the things that he regards as important,
he has the more important job of bringing out the best
ideas of the broader scientific community.
- Burton Richter

I should have known better.
Pro-life arguments are now based on scientific evidence
and the pro-choice arguments are not.
That is a cultural, historical fact.
- Stanley Fish

Socialism is...
not only a way of life, but a certain scientific approach
to social and economic problems.
- Jawaharlal Nehru

Sigmund Freud was a novelist with a scientific background.
He just didn't know he was a novelist.
All those damn psychiatrists after him,
they didn't know he was a novelist either.
- John Irving

Now, an embryo may seem like some scientific or laboratory term,
but, in fact, the embryo contains the unique information that defines a person.
- Todd Akin

I have been a Professor Emeritus since 1958,
and have continued my scientific studies.
- Karl von Frisch

The scientific argument advanced for intelligent design at the Dover trial,
those arguments collapsed, scientifically and intellectually.
- Kenneth Miller

I took lots of photographs and had planned to write
a treatise on how it worked,
but I quickly got bored with that idea and wrote a
scientific fairy tale instead.
- Kit Williams

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

Galileo was no idiot.
Only an idiot could believe that science requires martyrdom -
that may be necessary in religion,
but in time a scientific result will establish itself.
- David Hilbert

I object to a legal approach when settling questions
of science or scientific behavior.
- Serge Lang

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

Moreover, in the experimental sciences,
the scientific fraternity must test a new theory to destruction,
if possible.
- Peter D. Mitchell

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

Opinions differ most when there is least scientific warrant for having any.
- Daisy Bates

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

My first undertaking in the way of scientific experiment
was in the field of economics and psychology.
- Simon Newcomb

An important scientific innovation rarely makes its
way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents:
What does happen is that the opponents gradually die out.
- Max Planck

In this time of budget cuts, we cannot forget that
basic science is a building block for scientific innovation
and economic growth in the information age.
- Tim Bishop

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

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

This means I must pay close attention to the writing,
but equally so to the scientific background -
which sometimes means doing fairly involved calculations.
- Stanley Schmidt

I found a religion that blended scientific reason with
spiritual reality in a unifying faith far removed from
the headlines of violence,
destruction and terrorism.
- Cat Stevens

Semantics, or the study of meaning, remained undeveloped,
while phonetics made rapid progress and even came to
occupy the central place in the scientific study of language.
- Roman Jakobson

Once you start to look into the guts of climate change
you find that just about every scientific institution
in the world is conducting research on the issue.
- Peter Garrett

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

Let philosophy resolutely aim to be as scientific as possible,
but let her not forget her strong kinship with literature.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

Our esteem for facts has not neutralized in us all religiousness.
It is itself almost religious.
Our scientific temper is devout.
- William James

The Nobel awards should be regarded as giving recognition
to this general scientific progress as well as to the individuals involved.
- John Bardeen

Scientific thought and its creation is the common and
shared heritage of mankind.
- Abdus Salam

We don't devote enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks.
- Bill Watterson

Selling drug secrets violates a trust that is fundamental
to the integrity of both scientific research and our financial markets.
- Charles Grassley


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