I'm not really all that mysterious


The Source of Richard Feynman’s Genius • 2016 May 11 • Maria Popova • Brain Pickings

Richard Feynman on Science vs. Religion and Why Uncertainty Is Central to Morality • 2015 May 11 • Maria Popova • Brain Pickings

It is imperative in science to doubt; it is absolutely necessary, for progress in science, to have uncertainty as a fundamental part of your inner nature.

To make progress in understanding, we must remain modest and allow that we do not know. Nothing is certain or proved beyond all doubt. You investigate for curiosity, because it is unknown, not because you know the answer. And as you develop more information in the sciences, it is not that you are finding out the truth, but that you are finding out that this or that is more or less likely.

That is, if we investigate further, we find that the statements of science are not of what is true and what is not true, but statements of what is known to different degrees of certainty… Every one of the concepts of science is on a scale graduated somewhere between, but at neither end of, absolute falsity or absolute truth.”

Richard Feynman

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