reply to post by rich23
Oh, and speaking of paradigms:
"Radio has no future. Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible. X-rays will prove to be a hoax."
Francis Lord Kelvin (Physicist), 1899
"The (atomic) bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives."
Admiral William Leary, 1945
"This foolish idea of shooting at the moon is an example of the absurd length to which vicious specialization will carry scientists...the proposition
appears to be basically impossible."
A. W. Bickerton, 1926
"Theories have four stages of acceptance:
i. this is worthless nonsense;
ii. this is interesting, but perverse;
iii. this is true, but quite unimportant;
iv. I always said so."
J.B.S. Haldane, 1965
"You can recognize a pioneer by the arrows in his back."
"If at first an idea does not sound absurd, then there is no hope for it."
"If you haven't found something strange during the day, it hasn't been much of a day."
"Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible."
M. C. Escher
Arthur C. Clarke's Three Laws:
I. When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is
impossible, he is very probably wrong.
II. The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
III. Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
Excellent post! Not that I haven't been critical, but it is one thing to ignore or refuse to believe the obvious, and another to ponder whether
something is what it seems to be.
always deny ignorance everywhere
[edit on 29-1-2009 by jdub297]