Thursday, September 23, 2021

A Mechanism

Science doesn't purvey absolute truth.  Science is a mechanism.  It's a way of trying to improve your knowledge of nature.  It's a system for testing your thoughts against the universe and seeing whether they match.  And this works, not just for the ordinary aspects of science, but for all of life.  I should think people would want to know that what they know is truly what the universe is like, or at least as close as they can get to it.

-- Isaac Asimov (1920 - 1992), Russian-born American biochemist and author of science fiction and non-fiction, Interview by Bill Moyers on Bill Moyers' World Of Ideas (21 October 1988); transcript (pages 5-6)

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