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Mr.Dyson attacks our cognitive mechanism of scientific thinking

May 6, 2009

From The New Scientist

“I would say the strategy in looking for life in the universe [should be] to look for what’s detectable, not what’s probable,” he said on Saturday at a conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“We have a tendency among the theorists in this field [cosmology] to guess what’s probable. In fact our guesses are likely to be wrong,” Dyson said. “We never had as much imagination as nature.”

After attacking his own profession, he goes on to defeat himself by giving an example of his own failure to be anything other than human;

Although Dyson’s ‘sunflowers’ may get their start on Europa, they could conceivably spread elsewhere in the solar system. “You can imagine once you have flowers that get nourished from below, they could evolve in the direction of being independent,” Dyson said.

Mr.Dyson, keep trying. You’re on the right path at least. And of course, I should know.

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