Francis Bacon

“people are too damned dumb” | Horizon July 1961

I have only skimmed this but there are echos of C.P. Snow (and others) floating about. The main focus seems to be the shifts–beginning with Bacon–between the big picture and little picture of the world. This of course leads to the inevitable conclusion that “the haphazard scientific technology pursued without regard for its relevance to …

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“Of Negotiating”

In dealing with cunning persons, we must ever consider their ends to interpret their speeches, and it is good to say little unto them, and that which they least look for. From Francis Bacon’s tenth essay– the last in the first edition– “Of Negotiating” (1597) The essays or Counsels, civil and moral of Francis Bacon …

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Knowledge is Power, France is Bacon, and…

Not long ago I was in the company of a small group, meeting for the first time to discuss “fringe science.” They hadn’t defined “fringe” in relation to science yet, so to get the ball rolling they went around the room, each person (there were five or six) giving his or her favorite example of …

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A New Week at the Guide

At The Pocket University Guide to Daily Reading, each group of seven days is headed by an epigraph. Today’s is one of my favorites. Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider. –Lord Bacon, from The Essay, “Of Studies” Path …

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