Impact Of Science On Society

I was on eBay the other day looking for an affordable copy of Bertrand Russell’s book “The Impact Of Science On Society” (no such luck) but I did run across one offer where the seller compiled a list of quotes from the book. I wrote about the book last year

but I thought that this collection of quotes would be enlightening to anyone who wants to understand the mentality of the elitists.


“Many people would sooner die than think. In fact they do.”
– Bertrand Russell, “The Impact of Science on Society” 

“I think the subject which will be of most importance politically is mass psychology…. Its importance has been enormously increased by the growth of modern methods of propaganda. Of these the most influential is what is called ‘education.’ Religion plays a part, though a diminishing one; the press, the cinema, and the radio play an increasing part…. It may be hoped that in time anybody will be able to persuade anybody of anything if he can catch the patient young and is provided by the State with money and equipment.”
– Bertrand Russell, “The Impact of Science on Society”

“Although this science will be diligently studied, it will be rigidly confined to the governing class. The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated. When the technique has been perfected, every government that has been in charge of education for a generation will be able to control its subjects securely without the need of armies or policemen.”
– Bertrand Russell, “The Impact of Science on Society”, 1953

“Scientific societies are as yet in their infancy. . . . It is to be expected that advances in physiology and psychology will give governments much more control over individual mentality than they now have even in totalitarian countries. Fitche laid it down that education should aim at destroying free will, so that, after pupils have left school, they shall be incapable, throughout the rest of their lives, of thinking or acting otherwise than as their schoolmasters would have wished.”
– Bertrand Russell, “The Impact of Science on Society”

“Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible.”
– Bertrand Russell, “The Impact of Science on Society”

“Gradually, by selective breeding, the congenital differences between rulers and ruled will increase until they become almost different species. A revolt of the plebs would become as unthinkable as an organized insurrection of sheep against the practice of eating mutton.”
– Bertrand Russell, “The Impact of Science on Society”, 1953, pg 49-50

“There are others, which, one must suppose, opponents of birth control would prefer. War, as I remarked a moment ago, has hitherto been disappointing in this respect, but perhaps bacteriological war may prove more effective. If a Black Death could be spread throughout the world once in every generation survivors could procreate freely without making the world too full.”
– Bertrand Russell, “The Impact of Science on Society”


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