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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.

NeoNote — Mostly

Science as it is taught relies heavily on IS and IS NOT and IF, THEN. There is nothing wrong with these ideas until you assume that they are universal. I prefer MOSTLY to IS and IS NOT. It means I watch for the exceptions where neither IS nor IS NOT applies. It means our understanding is limited by our perception and assumptions at the moment.

When Robert Goddard first took his work to the public, he was ridiculed. "Everyone" knew that Newton's work said that rockets couldn't work in a vacuum. Of course, Newton's work didn't say anything of the kind, but that didn't change what everyone knew. They didn't allow for the exception that opened the possibilities.

MOSTLY works. It just means that looking for the occasional exception. It means not closing your mind to the possibilities. It means that there are things that we don't understand. And that means there is reason to reach beyond what we know.

That's why I objected to absolute truth.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.


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“Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed.”

Science commits suicide when it adopts a creed.
— Thomas Huxley
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Discovering odd scraps

Science is always discovering odd scraps of magical wisdom and making a tremendous fuss about its cleverness.
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Without

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind.
— Albert Einstein
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In art…

In science, if you don't do it, somebody else will. Whereas in art, if Beethoven didn't compose the 'Ninth Symphony,' no one else before or after is going to compose the 'Ninth Symphony' that he composed; no one else is going to paint 'Starry Night' by van Gogh.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson
for Juliaki, remembering the baker's dozen of arguments we had over this.
Humans can create. We can make something that wasn't there before.
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Understand

Magic's just science that we don't understand yet.
— Arthur C. Clarke
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Quarter Moons and Semi-Truths

When someone starts talking about THE truth, it's to exclude the thoughts and ideas they find uncomfortable.

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Environmentalism crusade

I don't call myself an environmentalist any more. Environmentalism is a political movement masking itself as a moral and possibly religious crusade. Ecology is an actual science that studies the connections, interrelationships, and trade-offs that different organisms make to survive and thrive.
     — NeoWayland
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Tired old battles

Science and religion are still fighting their tired old battles for control of the world - a cheap wrestling match which has long since ceased to interest any but the most deeply hypnotized marks.
— Peter Lamborn Wilson from “Chaos, Eros, Earth, and Old Night”, Gnosis № 33 Fall 1994
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Truth behind the curtain

Invoke science as an unquestionable authority and someone will show the truth behind the curtain. That’s the nature of science.
— NeoWayland
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