Against the grain…

Scientific thinking, which is analytic and objective, goes against the grain of traditional human thinking, which is associative and subjective.
Alan Cromer, American physicist and educator

I am going to have a sign put up all over my plant, reading “There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking.
Thomas Edison

…one result of unimaginative, mechanistic thinking was that societies eventually ceased to burn people at the stake for witchcraft.
George Sudarshan, Indian physicist

Refs:
Cromer, A., 1993. Uncommon Sense: The Heretical Nature of Science. Oxford University Press, New York.
Runes, D. D., 1948. The Diary and Sundry Observations of Thomas Alva Edison, p. 167. Philosophical Library, New York.
Sudarshan, G., 1998. Doubt and Certainty: The Celebrated Academy: Debates on Science, Mysticism, Reality, in General on the Knowable and Unknowable, Fourth Debates. Perseus Books, Reading, MA.

Yep, all once again taken from: Gaither, C.C. and Cavazos-Gaither, A.E., 2008, Gaither’s Dictionary of Scientific Quotations, Springer.

I’m having a blast reading this thing so bear with me.

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One thought on “Against the grain…

  1. “…one result of unimaginative, mechanistic thinking was that societies eventually ceased to burn people at the stake for witchcraft.”

    I like that one! To those that claim that science and technology have only served to replace our pleasant pastoral existence with one of grinding labor: at least the list of plausible explanations for emergent phenomena has grown shorter, we now know that it probably wasn’t witches that did it, and that is mostly a good thing.

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