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John Charles Polanyi
January 23, 1929 -
Nationality: Canadian
Category: Scientist
Subcategory: Canadian Scientist

What makes the Universal Declaration an epochal document is first of all its global impetus and secondly the breadth of its claims, a commitment to a new social contract, binding on all the Governments of the world.


Though neglectful of their responsibility to protect science, scientists are increasingly aware of their responsibility to society.


If we treasure our own experience and regard it as real, we must also treasure other people's experience.


The time has come to underscore the fact that our and others' rights are contingent on our willingness to assert and defend them.


Scientists and scholars should constitute themselves as an international NGO of exceptional authority.


The most exciting thing in the twentieth century is science.


Under this scientific and moral pressure, the Canadian government conceded publicly that the use of these weapons in Vietnam was, in their view, a contravention of the Geneva Protocol.


Others think it the responsibility of scientists to coerce the rest of society, because they have the power that derives from special knowledge.


Science gives us a powerful vocabulary, and it is impossible to produce a vocabulary with which one can only say nice things.


In the late 1950s a major topic under discussion was whether Canada should acquire nuclear weapons.


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.


Human dignity is better served by embracing knowledge.


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