1127 – “Expertise isn’t about being consistently right. It’s about becoming decreasingly wrong. A hallmark of understanding is the ability to rule out inaccurate theories and flawed evidence, and thereby move closer to the truth. Learning is the art of discarding mistaken ideas.”

-Adam Grant


1062 – “Water is two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. What if someone says, “Well, that’s not how I choose to think about water.”? All we can do is appeal to scientific values. And if he doesn’t share those values, the conversation is over. If someone doesn’t value evidence, what evidence are you going to provide to prove that they should value it? If someone doesn’t value logic, what logical argument could you provide to show the importance of logic?”

– Sam Harris [Attributed]


889 – “I believe in evidence. I believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. I’ll believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be.”

–Isaac Asimov