Monday, April 21, 2008

Why Scientists Are Skeptical

He, who has learned to doubt and to ask questions where the
norms forbid it, can never stop the habit. As such, every creative
person is building bridges to those masses of people who are tied
up helplessly by the pressures of peers and society. His is a step
out and above the group. And however strong the creative person
is enchained by conventions, he has unshackled himself on his
way as a free and autonomous personality. As such, he may
have cleared a new path for his group, his society and
perhaps humankind in order to transform culture and
to create space for other free personalities who want to
set new goals.
--Franz Oppenheimer (1864-1943)

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