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07 March 2012

So Much Better than any Creation Fable!

Forgive the music at the end, but Neil deGrasse Tyson does say it so well!  I am really looking forward to the Cosmos re-boot that he is doing with Ann Druyan and Seth McFarlane (yes, that Seth McFarlane).

And in honour of some of the sentiments in this video, and its connection to Cosmos, here are some quotes that I really like:

  • The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what's true. We have a method, and that method helps us to reach not absolute truth, only asymptotic approaches to the truth — never there, just closer and closer, always finding vast new oceans of undiscovered possibilities. Cleverly designed experiments are the key. - Carl Sagan, "Wonder and Skepticism", Skeptical Inquirer 19 (1), January-February 1995

It is sad that someone who probably didn't really know what she was posting got so much shit for this, isn't it?

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