Saturday, February 23, 2013

"An Exquisite Balance..."

“It seems to me what is called for is an exquisite balance between two conflicting needs: the most skeptical scrutiny of all hypotheses that are served up to us and at the same time a great openness to new ideas… If you are only skeptical, then no new ideas make it through to you… On the other hand, if you are open to the point of gullibility and have not an ounce of skeptical sense in you, then you cannot distinguish the useful ideas from the worthless ones.”
- Carl Sagan
Unless, of course, your ideas come pre-packaged and are digested without thought...

In which case, the expected reaction to unpleasantries is easy to predict...

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