Gifts of Wonder

From: J. R. Molloy (
Date: Fri Dec 28 2001 - 08:13:07 MST

Scientists reflect on things that sparked their quest for knowledge
A passion for science has to start somewhere. As the scientists here tell us,
it can begin with a simple gift. Perhaps the gift is someone else's time or a
shared sense of wonder at nature. Sometimes it's a quiet place where
serendipity and science meet. And often it's a tangible offering from a
relative or mentor - when opening a box can mean opening a whole new world.

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Useless hypotheses, etc.:
 consciousness, phlogiston, philosophy, vitalism, mind, free will, qualia,
analog computing, cultural relativism, GAC, Cyc, Eliza, cryonics, individual
uniqueness, ego, human values, scientific relinquishment, malevolent AI,
non-sensory experience, SETI

We move into a better future in proportion as science displaces superstition.

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