For science must breathe the oxygen of freedom.
Human dignity is better served by embracing knowledge.
Others think it the responsibility of scientists to coerce the rest of society, because they have the power that derives from special knowledge.
In nation after nation, democracy has taken the place of autocracy.
The applause is a celebration not only of the actors but also of the audience. It constitutes a shared moment of delight.
Instead, in the absence of respect for human rights, science and its offspring technology have been used in this century as brutal instruments for oppression.
Some dreamers demand that scientists only discover things that can be used for good.
For scholarship - if it is to be scholarship - requires, in addition to liberty, that the truth take precedence over all sectarian interests, including self-interest.
Our assessment of socio-economic worth is largely a sham. We scientists should not lend ourselves to it - though we routinely do. We should, instead, insist on applying the criterion of quality.
Individual scientists like myself - and many more conspicuous - pointed to the dangers of radioactive fallout over Canada if we were to launch nuclear weapons to intercept incoming bombers.
A new sense of shared international responsibility is unmistakable in the voices of the United Nations and its agencies, and in the civil society of thousands of supra-national NGOs.
The scientific and scholarly community is marked by the belief that the truth is to be found in all; none can claim it as their monopoly.
Science exists, moreover, only as a journey toward troth. Stifle dissent and you end that journey.
Science gives us a powerful vocabulary, and it is impossible to produce a vocabulary with which one can only say nice things.
Though we explore in a culturally-conditioned way, the reality we sketch is universal.
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