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To me, being an intellectual doesn't mean knowing about intellectual issues; it means taking pleasure in them.
Dissent is the native activity of the scientist, and it has got him into a good deal of trouble in the last years. But if that is cut off, what is left will not be a scientist. And I doubt whether it will be a man.
Has there ever been a society which has died of dissent? Several have died of conformity in our lifetime.
It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot, irreverence to their studies they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it.
Man masters nature not by force but by understanding. This is why science has succeeded where magic failed: because it has looked for no spell to cast over nature.
That is the essence of science: ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to a pertinent answer.
The University is a Mecca to which students come with something less than perfect faith. It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies they are not here to worship what is know, but to question it.
The world can only be grasped by action, not by contemplation. The hand is the cutting edge of the mind.
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