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Richard Feynman



We find that the statements of science are not of what is true and what is not true, but statements of what is known with different degrees of certainty: "It is very much more likely that so and so is true than that it is not true.

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Richard Feynman
"Richard Feynman's "The Relation of Science and Religion" "
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Viewed on January 29, 2011
Contribution #4761


A poet once said, "The whole universe is in a glass of wine." We will probably never know in what sense he meant that, for poets do not write to be understood... How vivid is the claret, pressing its existence into the consciousness that watches it! If our small minds, for some convenience, divide this glass of wine, this universe, into parts-- physics, biology, geology, astronomy, psychology, and so on-- remember that nature does not know it! So let us put it all back together, not forgetting ultimately what it is for. Let it give us one more final pleasure: drink it and forget it all!

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The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol. 1
Contribution #4509


There is no harm in doubt and skepticism, for it is through these that new discoveries are made.

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Richard Feynman
http://www.quotationspage.com/quote/36016.html
Viewed on January 12, 2009
Contribution #2844


Science is a way of trying not to fool yourself. The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.

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Jerry A. Coyne
"Seeing and Believing, The New Republic"
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Viewed on February 7, 2009
Contribution #3024


I think it's much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of uncertainty about different things, but I am not absolutely sure of anything and there are many things I don't know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we're here. I don't have to know an answer. I don't feel frightened not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without any purpose, which is the way it really is as far as I can tell.

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