Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Wonderful quote. . .


I am skeptical of people who believe they know what is possible and what is not. This belief leads to dogmatism, and to the dismissal of ideas and evidence that do not fit in. Genuine skepticism involves an attitude of open-minded enquiry into what we do not understand, and this is the approach I try to follow. -- Rupert Sheldrake

1 comment:

Enigman said...

Of course, if we are only open-minded then we are empty-headed, and I suspect that none of us have been that since at least our own age ago. I suspect that it all turns upon how different people find different things plausible, for various complicated reasons (etc.), rather than simply being or not being open-minded. (My favourite e.g.: does Rupert take the possibility that 2 + 2 = 5 seriously?) On the other hand, Rupert expresses better than I can my initial reaction to the dogmatic sceptics of skeptic.com.