Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Not Perceptible

The people who have sufficient passion for the truth to give the truth a chance to prevail, if it runs counter to their bias, are in a minority.  How important is this "minority?"  It is difficult to say at this point, for, at the present time their influence on governmental decisions is not perceptible.

-- Leo Szilard (1898 - 1964). Hungarian-American physicist, and probably the first scientist to take seriously the idea of actually developing atomic bombs; he drafted the famous letter sent by Albert Einstein to U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt that was largely responsible for initiating the Manhattan Project to develop nuclear weapons during World War II, "Are We on the Road to War?" Speech at Harvard Law School (17 November 1961)

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