Thoughts on the Notion of Quality

Quality is a measure of the depth of development in all spheres of human endeavour - conceptual, artistic, technological, economic, political and of course, scientific. It is always a grave error to mistake the appearance of development as represented by symbolic, sporadic examples of important work with the existence of quality in any relevant social sense. Not only does such misunderstanding lead to false impressions concerning the real state of affairs, but it also generates often disastrous conclusions concerning optimal strategies to adopt and the choice of persons to whom we entrust the task of overseeing and guiding potentially productive evolutions.