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10 Quotes about Science, Art and Knowledge that will provoke your convictions

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When single thought becomes broader than a book

1. Aerodynamically, the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know it so it goes on flying anyway.

-Mary Kay Ash

2. Geologists have a saying - rocks remember.

-Neil Armstrong

3. A scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.

-Max Planck

4. The folly of mistaking a paradox for a discovery, a metaphor for a proof, a torrent of verbiage for a spring of capital truths, and oneself for an oracle, is inborn in us.

-Paul Valery

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The Dunning-Kruger effect and the Mount Stupid

Most probably you have heard about the Dunning-Kruger effect.

If not, it's sure that when you get acquainted with it, you will recognize that many situations from your own experience had something to do with it. At least once in your life, you must have run into a person who was loudly and confidently speaking up some clearly wrong facts about a certain topic. Well, it was clearly wrong for you. How come that person doesn't doubt it at all? The thing is that the less I know, the better my confidence. Of course, that's a simplification but it generally depicts the subject matter. The study made by David Dunning and Justin Kruger in 1999, showed that people with less knowledge about a given topic tend to overestimate themselves whereas the more knowledgeable are apt to underestimate their skills. OK, that's quite plausible if we look at our everyday experience. So, now you think that since you know that, you're out of that vicious circle. Think twice. As Bertrand Russell once said: "The whole problem about the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts".

Here you can watch a short video about the Irony of the Dunning-Kruger effect.

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Sunday Inspirational quotes: Marie Curie

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"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less."

- Marie Curie

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