mes at zoo.toronto.edu
Tue Feb 28 10:42:26 EST 1995
In article <3ipuv0$av3 at cronkite.ocis.temple.edu> gold at astro.ocis.temple.edu (Bert Gold) writes:
>A wise teacher of mine once told me that Darwin, like Newton
>and Freud told no untruths; my teacher reminded me that the
>best I could hope for (for myself) was to elucidate and
>perhaps to modify, in some small way, their elegant theories.
>In a way, my teacher was telling me that I should examine
>my own motives for wanting to overthrow my intellectual predecessors.
>I still believe that my teacher was very wise.
Your teacher was cowardly, not wise.
Since when does wisdom entail letting Darwin, Freud and Newton
do your thinking for you?! Or anyone else for that matter (ie.,
I am not suggesting that these people were not largely correct or briliant.
I am suggesting that had Einstein listened to your teacher where would we be now?
There are two ways to slide easily through life:
to believe everything,
or to doubt everything;
both ways save us from thinking.
Mark E. Siddall "I don't mind a parasite...
mes at vims.edu I object to a cut-rate one"
Virginia Inst. Marine Sci. - Rick
Gloucester Point, VA, 23062
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