C. P. Snow

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    A good many times I have been present at gatherings of people who, by the standards of the traditional culture, are thought highly educated and who have with considerable gusto been expressing their incredulity at the illiteracy of scientists. Once or twice I have been provoked and have asked the company how many of them could describe the Second Law of Thermodynamics. The response was cold: it was also negative. Yet I was asking something which is about the scientific equivalent of: Have you re
    Source: The Two Cultures (1959)
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    Advertising degrades the people it appeals to; it deprives them of their will to choose.
    Source: Speaking in a debate broadcast by the BBC in 1936
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    Civilization is hideously fragile... there's not much between us and the Horrors underneath, just about a coat of varnish.
    Source: The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution (1959)
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    It is only by the rational use of technology; to control and guide what technology is doing; that we can keep any hopes of a social life more desirable than our own: or in fact of a social life which is not appalling to imagine.
    Source: Public Affairs (1971)
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    The separation between the two cultures has been getting deeper under our eyes; there is now precious little communication between them.... The traditional culture... is, of course, mainly literary... the scientific culture is expansive, not restrictive.
    Source: New Statesman, 6 October 1956
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    There is, of course, no complete solution. But we can do something. The chief means open to us is education There is no excuse for letting another generation be as vastly ignorant, or as devoid of understanding and sympathy, as we are ourselves.
    Source: The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution (1959)
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    Two polar groups: at one pole we have the literary intellectuals, at the other scientists, and as the most representative, the physical scientists. Between the two a gulf of mutual incomprehension.
    Source: The Two Cultures and the Scientific Revolution (1959)
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    When you think of the long and gloomy history of man, you will find that far more, and far more hideous, crimes have been committed in the name of obedience than have ever been committed in the name of rebellion.
    Source: Public Affairs
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