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February 27, 2011

"A continuing exploration of mysteries."

The public has a distorted view of science, because children are taught in school
that science is a collection of firmly established truths. In fact, science is not a collection of truths. It is a continuing exploration of mysteries. Wherever we go exploring in the world around us, we find mysteries. Our planet is covered by continents and oceans whose origin we cannot explain. Our atmosphere is constantly stirred by poorly understood disturbances that we call weather and climate. The visible matter in the universe is outweighed by a much larger quantity of dark invisible matter that we do not understand at all. The origin of life is a total mystery, and so is the existence of human consciousness. We have no clear idea how the electrical discharges occurring in nerve cells in our brains are connected with our feelings and desires and actions. -- How We Know by Freeman Dyson | The New York Review of Books

Great article by Dyson.

Posted by Vanderleun at February 27, 2011 8:28 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Dyson could never be accused of being a "right-wing crank."

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at February 27, 2011 3:42 PM

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