Utah State University Faculty Honor Lectures
The Faculty Association, Utah State Agricultural College
Search for truth is not limited to the discovery of facts. If wisdom is to result from such discovery, there must be parallel study in the realm of values. Lack of balance in these two aspects of research has tended to result in an enormous mass of information and in a marvelous productive power in our society with a lack of worthy ends toward which to direct and apply them. Wisdom is the product of information and values skillfully integrated.
When values are involved the principal data become the ideas and ideals of man. These must be extensively gathered, classified, and tested for validity in order to become a proper basis for generalization. The presence of some degree of subjectivity in such data does not preclude their use in deriving valid judgments but does make the process more difficult and more precarious
Jacobsen, Ernest A., "Obligations of Higher Education to the Social Order" (1955). Faculty Honor Lectures. Paper 42.