08 October 2008

Scientist's dilemma

"The research worker is sometimes a difficult person because he has no great confidence in his opinions, yet he also is sceptical of others’ views. This characteristic can be inconvenient in everyday life."

W.I.B. Beveridge, The Art of Scientific Investigation, 1957

3 comments:

Frank Anderson said...

I don't fit that description very well, as I am usually highly confident in my opinions...I'm just not usually very confident in my data or my interpretations thereof!

I am, however, supremely critical of the views of others, unless they are enlightened enough to agree with me.

AYDIN ÖRSTAN said...

I am enlightened enough to disagree with you.

Katie said...

Very truthful quote.