Quote of the Day 1-2-16 (Friedrich Nietzsche)

Posted: January 2, 2016 in Nietzsche, Philosophy, Science, Skepticism
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Fred“On the whole, scientific methods are at least as an important result of investigation as any other result, for the scientific spirit is based upon a knowledge of method, and if the methods were lost, all the results of science could not prevent the renewed prevalence of superstition and absurdity. Clever people may learn as much as they like of the results of science, but one still notices in their conversation, and especially in the hypotheses they make, that they lack the scientific spirit; they have not the instinctive distrust of the devious courses of thinking which, in consequence of long training, has taken root in the soul of every scientific man . . . In the case of an unexplained matter they become heated for the first idea that comes into their heads which has any resemblance to an explanation–a course from which the worst results constantly follow, especially in the field of politics. On that account everybody should nowadays have become thoroughly acquainted with at least one science, for then surely he knows what is meant by method, and how necessary is the extremest carefulness.”

–Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human

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