The late, great, Nobel-prize winning physicist, Richard Feynman, who is considered by some to be one of the most intelligent men to have lived, said this:
Why do we grapple with problems? We are only at the beginning. We have plenty of time to solve the problems. The only way that we will make a mistake is that in the impetuous youth of humanity we will decide we know the answer. |
This is it. No one else can think of anything else.
And we will jam. We will confine man to the limited imagination of today's human beings.
We are not so smart. We are dumb. We are ignorant. We must maintain an open channel.
--Richard Feynman, lecture, The Uncertainty of Values, published in The Meaning of it All, pp. 56-57
I believe that a scientist looking at nonscientific problems is just as dumb as the next guy. |