Quotes in knowledge
Since all models are wrong the scientist must be alert to what is importantly wrong. It is inappropriate to be concerned about mice when there are tigers abroad.
If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.
In the South Seas there is a Cargo Cult of people. During the war they saw airplanes with lots of good materials, and they want the same thing to happen now. So they've arranged to make things like runways, to put fires along the sides of the runways, to make a wooden hut for a man to sit in, with two wooden pieces on his head for headphones and bars of bamboo sticking out like antennasâ€”he's the controllerâ€”and they wait for the airplanes to land. They're doing everything right. The form is perfect. It looks exactly the way it looked before. But it doesn't work. No airplanes land. So I call these things cargo cult science, because they follow all the apparent precepts and forms of scientific investigation, but they're missing something essential, because the planes don't land.
It is no good to try to stop knowledge from going forward. Ignorance is never better than knowledge.
You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you're finished, you'll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird... So let's look at the bird and see what it's doing -- that's what counts. I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.
I was born not knowing and have had only a little time to change that here and there.
An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.
People are difficult to govern because they have too much knowledge.