Thursday, June 28, 2012

About it All, Part 4

"This freedom to doubt is an important matter in the sciences and, I believe, in other fields. It was born of a struggle. It was a struggle to be permitted to doubt, to be unsure. And I do not want us to forget the importance of the struggle and, by default, to let the thing fall away."

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"I feel a responsibility to proclaim the value of this freedom [of thought] and to teach that doubt is not to be feared, but that it is to be welcomed as the possibility of a new potential for human beings. If you know that you are not sure, you have a chance to improve the situation."

-- From The Meaning of It All Thoughts of a Citizen Scientist, by Richard P. Feynman, Basic Books, New York, 1998, pg. 28.

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