certainty/un

Meredith A. Lane mlane at UKANS.EDU
Fri Jul 28 16:06:17 CDT 1995


>If ecology and animal behavior tolerate uncertainty, that is their
>>business,and is hardly a justification for systematics doing so.


Mediocre spirits demand of science the kind of certainty which it cannot
give, a sort of religious satisfaction. Only the real, rare, true
scientific minds can endure doubt, which is attached to all our knowledge.
          -- Sigmund Freud

As an adolescent I ... craved factual certainty ... so I became a
scientist.  This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls.

        -- M. Cartmill




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