Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Swanwick quotes

Posted by Trent Walters at 9:40 PM
Jed Hartman put up an interesting Michael Swanwick quote on ambition, from an interview in Clarion West's Seventh Week newsletter.

Swanwick also has an interesting quote in "The Scientific Method" from his Field Guide to the Mesozoic Megafauna chapbook of vignettes, which demonstrates the true scientific attitude, rather than the myth perpetuated as blind, bigoted, and narrow-minded (although sometimes the myth is also true):
"Well, damn," Ralph said. "You learn something new every day."

He wasn't upset at being proved wrong, though. He was a scientist. And the great thing about science was all facts were provisional. If it turned out you pet theory was wrong, you simply shrugged and moved on.

"Provisional" is problematic, but the attitude is correctly represented.

On a side note, Swanwick's introduction to James Tiptree's Her Smoke Rose up Forever is excellent. A must-read.


Blogger goatchurch said...

Scientists are interested in hearing people who can prove them wrong. This does not mean they want to hear from people who say they are wrong, but consistently demonstrate that they have no valid proof.

12/21/2004 03:43:00 PM  
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