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domingo, 21 de setembro de 2008
920) Hayek sobre as limitações humanas na antecipação do futuro
"Human reason can neither predict nor deliberately shape its own future. Its advances consist in finding out where it has been wrong."
"To make the best available knowledge at any given moment the compulsory standard for all future endeavor may well be the most certain way to prevent new knowledge from emerging."
"Freedom granted only when it is known beforehand that its effects will be beneficial is not freedom."
"Our freedom is threatened in many fields because of the fact that we are much too ready to leave the decision to the expert or to accept too uncritically his opinion about a problem of which he knows intimately only one little aspect."
"It is his concern with the impersonal process of society in which more knowledge is utilized than any one individual or organized group of human beings can possess that puts the economists in constant opposition to the ambitions of other specialists who demand powers of control because they feel that their particular knowledge is not given sufficient consideration."
"Most of the advantages of social life, especially in its more advanced forms which we call 'civilization', rest on the fact that the individual benefits from more knowledge than he is aware of."
"It would be an error to believe that, to achieve a higher civilization, we have merely to put into effect the ideas now guiding us; if we are to advance, we must leave room for a continuous revision of our present conceptions and ideals which will be necessitated by further experience."
"Liberty is essential in order to leave room for the unforeseeable and unpredictable."
"Humiliating to human pride as it may be, we must recognize that the advance and even the preservation of civilization are dependent upon a maximum of opportunity for accidents to happen."