"Naivete is often an
excuse for those who exercise power. For those upon whom that power is
exercised, naivete is always a mistake...History is the fruit of power,
but power itself is never so transparent that its analysis becomes
superflous. The ultimate mark of power may be its invisibility; the
ultimate challenge, the exposition of its roots."
― Michel-Rolph Trouillot
“In the universe, there are things that are known, and things that are unknown, and in between, there are doors.”
― William Blake
"The end of our
foundation is the knowledge of causes, and secret motions of things; and
the enlarging of the bounds of human empire, to the effecting of all
― Francis Bacon, New Atlantis, 1627.
Galileo, the desire to make his ideas prevail apparently led him to
report experiments that could not have been performed exactly as
described. Thus an ambiguous attitude toward data was present from the
very beginning of western experimental science. On the one hand,
experimental data was upheld as the ultimate arbiter of truth, on the
other hand, fact was subordinated to theory when necessary and even, if
it didn't fit, distorted."
- William J. Broad & Nicholas Wade, Betrayers of the truth: fraud and deciet in science
“This life's dim windows of the soul
Distorts the heavens from pole to pole
And leads you to believe a lie
When you see with, not through, the eye.”
― William Blake
"Friends, leave behind that darkened room
Where light of day is much abused,
And, bent low by crooked thought and gloom,
Our sight is anguished and confused..."
-Goethe, 'Murky Law'