Wednesday, January 11, 2012

freedom to doubt

Excerpt from the book The Meaning of It All by Richard P. Feynman

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. I feel a responsibility as a scientist who knows the great value of a satisfactory philosophy of ignorance, and the progress made possible by such a philosophy, progress which is the fruit of freedom of thought. I feel a responsibility to proclaim the value of this freedom and to teach that doubt is not to be feared, but that 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. I want to demand this freedom for future generations.

Absolutely! it is so important 'now' to teach that doubt is not to be feared. Else how will I know what I want to know? If I'm unsure of something, I surely can find out. 


1 comment:

Divenita said...

:) thanks for sharing..:D !