Saturday, 14 August 2010

Cargo Cult Science

Cargo Cult Science Richard Feynman
From a Caltech commencement address given in 1974.
Also in Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

* "During the Middle Ages there were all kinds of crazy ideas, such as that a piece of of rhinoceros horn would increase potency. Then a method was discovered for separating the ideas--which was to try one to see if it worked, and if it didn't work, to eliminate it. This method became organized, of course, into science. And it developed very well, so that we are now in the scientific age. It is such a scientific age, in fact, that we have difficulty in understanding how witch doctors could ever have existed, when nothing that they proposed ever really worked--or very little of it did."


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