„Many "educated citizens" take it for granted that reality is what scientists say it is and that other opinions may be recorded, but need not be taken seriously.“

Pg 27.
Conquest of Abundance (2001 [posthumous])
Kontext: Many "educated citizens" take it for granted that reality is what scientists say it is and that other opinions may be recorded, but need not be taken seriously. But science offers not one story, it offers many; the stories clash and their relation to a story-independent "reality" is as problematic as the relation of the Homeric epics to an alleged "Homeric world."

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österreichischer Philosoph und Wissenschaftstheoretiker 1924 - 1994

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„Without education, we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.“

—  G. K. Chesterton English mystery novelist and Christian apologist 1874 - 1936

Collected Works of G.K. Chesterton : The Illustrated London News, 1905-1907 (1986), p. 71

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„A time is marked not so much by ideas that are argued about as by ideas that are taken for granted. The character of an era hangs upon what needs no defense. Power runs with ideas that only the crazy would draw into doubt. The "taken for granted" is the test of sanity; "what everyone knows" is the line between us and them.“

—  Lawrence Lessig, buch The Future of Ideas

The Future of Ideas (2001)
Kontext: A time is marked not so much by ideas that are argued about as by ideas that are taken for granted. The character of an era hangs upon what needs no defense. Power runs with ideas that only the crazy would draw into doubt. The "taken for granted" is the test of sanity; "what everyone knows" is the line between us and them.
This means that sometimes a society gets stuck. Sometimes these unquestioned ideas interfere, as the cost of questioning becomes too great. In these times, the hardest task for social or political activists is to find a way to get people to wonder again about what we all believe is true. The challenge is to sow doubt.

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„What's needed is a way to say something in the middle — neither "all rights reserved" nor "no rights reserved" but "some rights reserved" — and thus a way to respect copyrights but enable creators to free content as they see fit. In other words, we need a way to restore a set of freedoms that we could just take for granted before.“

—  Lawrence Lessig, buch Free Culture

Free Culture (2004)
Kontext: Common sense is with the copyright warriors because the debate so far has been framed at the extremes — as a grand either/or: either property or anarchy, either total control or artists won't be paid. If that really is the choice, then the warriors should win.
The mistake here is the error of the excluded middle. There are extremes in this debate, but the extremes are not all that there is. There are those who believe in maximal copyright — "All Rights Reserved" — and those who reject copyright — "No Rights Reserved." The "All Rights Reserved" sorts believe that you should ask permission before you "use" a copyrighted work in any way. The "No Rights Reserved" sorts believe you should be able to do with content as you wish, regardless of whether you have permission or not.... What's needed is a way to say something in the middle — neither "all rights reserved" nor "no rights reserved" but "some rights reserved" — and thus a way to respect copyrights but enable creators to free content as they see fit. In other words, we need a way to restore a set of freedoms that we could just take for granted before.

„We need to the right thing. Take this seriously, not to verbalize about it, and not to talk.“

—  Robert Muhiirwa Ugandan Roman Catholic bishop 1958

Quelle: Fort Portal Bishop calls for more environmental protection awareness https://www.ntv.co.ug/ug/news/national/fort-portal-bishop-calls-for-more-environmental-protection-awareness-3328498 (March 19, 2021)

„Often, in writing, granting the basic skill of writing a literate English sentence—which can no longer be taken for granted even in college graduates—all it takes is determination.“

—  Marion Zimmer Bradley Novelist, editor 1930 - 1999

Quelle: Introduction to Waterwise in Marion Zimmer Bradley (ed.), Sword and Sorceress 7 (1990), p. 199

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„Too many people had spent too long demonizing or totemizing me to listen seriously to what I had to say.“

—  Salman Rushdie British Indian novelist and essayist 1947

Address at Columbia University (1991)
Kontext: Too many people had spent too long demonizing or totemizing me to listen seriously to what I had to say. In the West, some "friends" turned against me, calling me by yet another set of insulting names. Now I was spineless, pathetic, debased; I had betrayed myself, my Cause; above all, I had betrayed them.
I also found myself up against the granite, heartless certainties of Actually Existing Islam, by which I mean the political and priestly power structure that presently dominates and stifles Muslim societies. Actually Existing Islam has failed to create a free society anywhere on Earth, and it wasn't about to let me, of all people, argue in favor of one.

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„Effective science teaching calls for active contact with research and that teachers need to mingle with other scientists and to know what is going on in the field.“

—  Alan Tower Waterman American physicist 1892 - 1967

in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (March 1953), Vol. 9, No. 2,ISSN 0096-3402, published by Educational Foundation for Nuclear Science, Inc., p. 38.

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„So much of liberalism in its classical sense is taken for granted in the West today and even disrespected. We take freedom for granted, and because of this we don't understand how incredibly vulnerable it is.“

—  Niall Ferguson British historian 1964

"Niall Ferguson: 'Westerners don't understand how vulnerable freedom is'" https://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/feb/20/niall-ferguson-interview-civilization, The Guardian, February 20, 2011.

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„The Church in India needs to take more seriously the option for the poor and take concrete steps to alleviate poverty and misery in India.“

—  Kurien Kunnumpuram Indian theologian 1931 - 2018

Kunnumpuram, K. (ed) (2007) World Peace: An Impossible Dream? , Mumbai: St Pauls
On Peace

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