See if you can guess who said it.
- Jul 14, 2006 at 4:25PM
San Marcos, Texas
I put this in this forum because it seemed the most appropriate place. In the course of my reading I came across the following quote. Eternal admiration to the person who can come up with the source.
"On the whole, scientific methods are at least as important as any other result of research: for it is upon the insight into method that the scientific spirit depends: and if these methods were lost, then all the results of science coulld not prevent a renewed triumph of superstition and nonsense. Clever people may learn as much as they wish of the results of science - still one will always notice in their conversation, and especially in their hypotheses, that they lack the scientific spirit; they do not have that instinctive mistrust of the aberrations of thought which through long training are deeply rooted in the soul of every scientific person. They are content to find any hypothesis at all concerning some matter; then they are all fire and flame for it and think that is enough. To have an opinion means for them to fanaticize for it and thenceforth to press it to their hearts as a conviction. If something is unexplained, they grow hot over the first notion that comes into their heads and looks like an explanation - which results progressively in the worst consequences, especially in the sphere of politics. For that reason everyone should now study at least one science from the bottom up: then he will know what method means and how important is the utmost circumspection..."
Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value -- Albert Einstein