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At the heart of science is an essential tension between two seemingly contradictory attitudes -- an openness to new ideas, no matter how bizarre or counterintuitive they may be, and the most ruthless skeptical scrutiny of all ideas, old and new.  This is how deep truths are winnowed from deep nonsense.  Of course, scientists make mistakes in trying to understand the world, but there is a built-in error-correcting mechanism:  The collective enterprise of creative thinking and skeptical thinking together keeps the field on track.
Carl Sagan, "The Fine Art of Baloney Detection," Parade, February 1, 1987

A hell of a lot more interesting--and accurate--than my fortune cookie last night: ":) The night life is for you. :)"


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Jan. 4th, 2005 02:12 am (UTC)
"The night life is for you"?

... that's certainly an understatement to a hacker. That's like saying "The sky is dark." (Unless you go outside during the day. Then it's "The daystar burns".)
Jan. 4th, 2005 05:51 am (UTC)
I got the best (read: worst) fortune cookie ever. It said, "To truly love something is to understand that it can be lost at any time."
Gee, thanks, morbid fortune cookie.
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