Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
In Larry Chang, Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing (2006), 561, but without source reference.
What a tease!
I do hear many astronomers say that everyone has waited for s paradigm shift for so long it feels unerving. Maybe they’re finally right; they’re finished?
It is the responsibility of scientists never to suppress knowledge
, no matter how awkward that knowledge is, no matter how it may bother those in power; we are not smart enough to decide which pieces of knowledge are permissible, and which are not. …
Quoted in Lily Splane, Quantum Consciousness (2004), 80.
They were sentenced to 6 years in jail. I’m uploading this in January 2013, when the Judge in the trial has just declared
“the failure to consider these studies is equivalent to the death of knowledge.”
He’s utterly wrong. They concluded using their evidence and knowledge, that tremors don’t necessarily lead to Earthquakes
. They considered this to be an inconvenient bit of knowledge, but it’s nonetheless true. It was simply a PR disaster that lead to a blanket “you’re fine” klaxon.
They’re meant to be going up for appeal, so let’s hope that they’re successful.
There is a reward structure in science that is very interesting: Our highest honors go to those who disprove the findings of the most revered among us. So Einstein
is revered not just because he made so many fundamental contributions to science, but because he found an imperfection in the fundamental contribution of Isaac Newton
Sagan again. What a genius.
It is the tension between creativity and skepticism that has produced the stunning and unexpected findings of science.
I’ve always thought that science is just creativity as a tool to understand truth. Art, in a similar way, is creativity but as a tool to create meaning.
Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.
Broca’s Brain (1986), 15.
It’s funny. Most of the time when people say they like “science”, they’re mostly using it as a metaphor for truth and understanding; i.e. a body of knowledge