Virtue of Science

Logic is important. Method is important. Facts are important. But those aren’t what make science, science. Science is about imagination, it’s about conjecture, and it’s about story. Empiricists try to distill science into pure protocol, but that sucks the soul out of the process. Obviously, procedure and attention to detail are necessary, but don’t eliminate room to dream. What if? Can we try this? Did it work? Why not? What if instead? All of this is dependent on our ability to imagine something beyond our current understanding of the world. Don’t shy away from crazy ideas. Don’t write off your fantasies as impossibilities.

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