The scientist is in the position of a Greek slave in Imperial Rome. He knows that he understands a host of important things which are completely unknown to his masters. This gives him a very painful feeling of isolation in the community. Perhaps in time it will become possible to make some of the fundamental ideas of science intelligible in the course of a cultural education and, conversely, to give more cultural background to the thoughts of scientists. The present system under which some men have the power and others have the knowledge is very dangerous. Bertrand Russell, “The Mind of Robert Oppenheimer”
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Perhaps it is of the essence of a wise social system to label a number of harmless actions ‘Sin’ but tolerate those who perform them. In this way the pleasure of wickedness can be obtained without harm to anyone. Bertrand Russell, “On Catholic and Protestant Skeptics”
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