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True Splendor of Science


On Aug 22, 2015 david doane wrote:

The true splendor of science is to openly see and examine what is, beyond preconceived notions, expectations, and desires.  It is to see what is, not see one's own thinking or the predominant thinking of the time.  That's quite different than science corrupted by bias or by the highest bidder.  I've had the experience of seeing that the emperor is wearing no clothes, saying what I see, being alone in what I am seeing, wondering if others think I'm crazy, wondering if I'm crazy, putting those concerns aside, trusting and sticking with what I'm seeing, and experiencing a positive outcome, all of which was the miracle of being in the present.  What helps me avoid the comfort of the familiar and remain open to the miracles of the present moment is trusting my seeing, experiencing the satisfaction of accepting what I am seeing, and experiencing the emptiness and lack of comfort of the familiar.  Getting old and caring less what others think and say also helps a lot.  I'm remembering Nietzsche's statement that "those who were dancing were thought to be crazy by those who could not hear the music."  They were also thought to be crazy by those who do not see what is.  And I remember being taught to never fear the truth.  The truth will set you free.  The true splendor of science is the seeing that sets you free to discover.



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