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Michael Polanyi

But even physics cannot be defined from an atomic topography.

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No inanimate object is ever fully determined by the laws of physics and chemistry.

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Theories of evolution must provide for the creative acts which brought such theories into existence.

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Of course language manifests a belief only if we use its words with the implied acceptance of their appositeness.

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The process of philosophic and scientific enlightenment has shaken the stability of beliefs held explicitly as articles of faith.

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Human beings exercise responsibilities within a social setting and a framework of obligations which transcend the principle of intelligence.

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We could not, for example, arrive at a principle like that of entropy without introducing some additional principle, such as randomness, to this topography.

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Admittedly, scientific authority is not distributed evenly throughout the body of scientists; some distinguished members of the profession predominate over others of a more junior standing.

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And the actual achievements of biology are explanations in terms of mechanisms founded on physics and chemistry, which is not the same thing as explanations in terms of physics and chemistry.

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Moreover, only a strong and united scientific opinion imposing the intrinsic value of scientific progress on society at large can elicit the support of scientific inquiry by the general public.

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