Counterintuitive Quotes (4 quotes)
At the heart of science is an essential balance between two seemingly contradictory attitudes—an openness to new ideas, no matter how bizarre or counterintuitive they may be, and the most ruthless skeptical scrutiny of all ideas, old and new. This is how deep truths are winnowed from deep nonsense.
Im convinced that the best solutions are often the ones that are counterintuitivethat challenge conventional thinkingand end in breakthroughs. It is always easier to do things the same old way why change? To fight this, keep your dissatisfaction index high and break with tradition. Dont be too quick to accept the way things are being done. Question whether theres a better way. Very often you will find that once you make this break from the usual way - and incidentally, this is probably the hardest thing to doand start on a new track your horizon of new thoughts immediately broadens. New ideas flow in like water. Always keep your interests broad - dont let your mind be stunted by a limited view.
The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what's true. We have a method, and that method helps us to reach not absolute truth, only asymptotic approaches to the truthnever there, just closer and closer, always finding vast new oceans of undiscovered possibilities. Cleverly designed experiments are the key.
Wherever possible, scientists experiment. Which experiments suggest themselves often depends on which theories currently prevail. Scientists are intent of testing those theories to the breaking point. They do not trust what is intuitively obvious. That the Earth is flat was once obvious. That heavy bodies fall faster than light ones was once obvious. That bloodsucking leeches cure most diseases was once obvious. That some people are naturally and by divine decree slaves was once obvious. That there is such a place as the center of the Universe, and that the Earth sits in that exalted spot was once obvious. That there is an absolute standard of rest was once obvious. The truth may be puzzling or counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held beliefs. Experiment is how we get a handle on it.