"We absolutely must leave room for doubt or there is no progress and there is no learning. There is no learning without having to pose a question. And a question requires doubt. People search for certainty. But there is no certainty. People are terrified — how can you live and not know? It is not odd at all. You only think you know, as a matter of fact. And most of your actions are based on incomplete knowledge and you really don’t know what it is all about, or what the purpose of the world is, or know a great deal of other things. It is possible to live and not know." —
Richard Feynman, born on May 11, 1918, on the role of scientific culture in modern society – timeless, remarkably timely read.
Pair with how ignorance drives science.
(Source: , via explore-blog)
"How can we reconcile the awareness that beneath our feet and above our heads - indeed, our very bodies - are the products of profound orderliness, while our lives seem permeated by random events of which we can make no sense?" —
Numerology: Key to Your Inner Self
By Hans Decoz & Tom Monte
"We’re at a point where more poetry is being written than published, let alone read, mainly because poetry has come to be considered so much as an outlet for personal feelings – the poem as the stylized mode of the journal entry. Even among poems that do get published – and there is a parallel with recent art – the emphasis on the recording of subjective experience is overwhelming." — Robert Rowland Smith in On Modern Poetry: From Theory to Total Criticism. And yet, William Wordsworth, one of history’s greatest poetic minds, has argued that poetry is about speaking to universal human passions. (via explore-blog)