Richard Feynman: Be a free thinker

“Be a free thinker.
We must be careful not to believe things simply because we want them to be true.
Don’t accept everything you hear as truth.
Be critical and evaluate what you believe in.”

― Richard Feynman.

Richard Feynman: Mere globs of gas atoms

‘Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars – mere globs of gas atoms.
Nothing is “mere.” I too can see the stars on a desert night, and feel them. But do I see less or more?
The vastness of the heavens stretches my imagination – stuck on this carousel my little eye can catch million-year-old-light.
What is the pattern, or of meaning, or the why? It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little about it. For far more marvelous is the truth than any artist of the past imagined! Why do the poets of the present not speak of it?
What men are poets who can speak of Jupiter if he were like a man, but if he is an immense spinning sphere of methane and ammonia must be silent?’
—Six Easy Pieces, Richard Feynman, 1918 – 1988.

Richard Feynman: Always the same dance

“To note that the thing I call my individuality is only a pattern or dance, that is what it means when one discovers how long it takes for the atoms of the brain to be replaced by other atoms. The atoms come into my brain, dance a dance, and then go out – there are always new atoms, but always doing the same dance, remembering what the dance was yesterday.”

—Richard Feynman, The value of science, 1955.

Richard P Feynman: First principle

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“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool. ”
Richard P. Feynman