So the universe is not quite as you thought it was.
You’d better rearrange your beliefs, then. Because you certainly can’t rearrange the universe.
Jump from the cliff. Build your wings on the way down.
Nothing breeds creativity like necessity, eh, Ray?
“Now, for the first time in its billions of years of history, our planet is protected by far-seeing sentinels, able to anticipate danger from the distant future–a comet on a collision course, or global warming–and devise schemes for doing something about it. The planet has finally grown its own nervous system: us.”
So I suppose the question is this: do you want to be merely a sensory neuron or can you rise to become a motor neuron?
Evolution … is the central, enabling process not only of life but also of knowledge and learning and understanding. If you attempt to make sense of the world of ideas and meanings, free will and morality, art and science and even philosophy itself without a sound and quite detailed knowledge of evolution, you have one hand tied behind your back.
Daniel Dennett in Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for Thinking
Song: “How Darwinian” by Dan Mangan
My message to young students is to study your passion and work towards your dreams and goals no matter what gets in your way.
-Kiera Wilmot, the high school student arrested and expelled for doing a science experiment, in a statement about her now-dropped charges and getting on with her life.
Read the whole thing here: Why a Science Experiment Gone Bad Doesn’t Make Me a Criminal
I’ve got your back, Kiera. No one deserves to be punished for honest curiosity.
Besides, if my teachers knew what I burned in the fume hood when they weren’t looking back during that semester of my senior year that I student-managed the chem lab? No comment …
“ I can live with doubt, and uncertainty, and not knowing. I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong. I have approximate answers, and possible beliefs, and different degrees of certainty about different things, but I’m not absolutely sure of anything, and then many things I don’t know anything about, such as whether it means anything to ask why we’re here, and what the question might mean. I might think about it a little, but if I can’t figure it out, then I go on to something else. But I don’t have to know an answer. I don’t feel frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious universe without having any purpose, which is the way it really is, as far as I can tell, possibly. It doesn’t frighten me. ”
~ Richard Feynman; (Born 95 years ago today, May 11, 1918)
It’s okay … not to know the answer? I like that too.