Revision Quotes (4 quotes)
All experimentation is criticism. If an experiment does not hold out the possibility of causing one to revise ones views, it is hard to see why it should be done at all.
Can I pay any higher tribute to a man [George Gaylord Simpson] than to state that his work both established a profession and sowed the seeds for its own revision? If Simpson had reached final truth, he either would have been a priest or would have chosen a dull profession. The history of life cannot be a dull profession.
Science is uncertain. Theories are subject to revision; observations are open to a variety of interpretations, and scientists quarrel amongst themselves. This is disillusioning for those untrained in the scientific method, who thus turn to the rigid certainty of the Bible instead. There is something comfortable about a view that allows for no deviation and that spares you the painful necessity of having to think.
The influence of modern physics goes beyond technology. It extends to the realm of thought and culture where it has led to a deep revision in mans conception of the universe and his relation to it