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Great Minds: Richard Feynman - Knowledge And Uncertainty

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Professor Richard Feynman If you expect science to give all the answers to the wonderful questions about what we are, where are we going what the meaning of the universe is and so on then I think you could easily become disillusioned and look for some mystic answers to this problem exploring we try to identify as much as we can about the world people say to me "are you looking for the ultimate laws of physics?" no, I'm not. I'm just looking to find more about the world, and if it turns out there's a simple ultimate law that explains everything so be it, that would be very nice to discover if it turns out it's like an onion with millions of layers and we're just sick and tired of looking at the layers, than that's the way it is but whatever way it comes out it's nature, it's there, and she's gonna come out the way she is therefore, when we go to investigate we shouldn't pre-decide what it is we're trying to do except to find more about it and so altogether I can't believe the special stories that had been made up about our relationship to the universe at large because they seem to be too local! Too provincial! The Earth, he came to the Earth! one of the aspects of God came to the Earth, mind you! And look what's out there, how can... it isn't in proportion. And also another thing has to do with the question of how do you find out something is true and if you have all these theories of the different religions and all different theories about a thing then you begin to wonder once you start doubting which I think is for me a very fundamental part of my... soul! is do doubt, and to ask when you doubt and ask, it gets a little harder to believe I can live with doubt, and uncertainty, and not knowing I think is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong I have approximated answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of certainty about a different thing but I'm not absolutely sure of anything and in many things I don't know anything about but I don't have to know an answer. I don't feel frightened by not knowing things by being lost in the mysterious universe without having any purpose which is the way it really is, as far as I can tell possibly it doesn't frighten me

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Duration: 2 minutes and 50 seconds
Country: Brazil
Language: English
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Posted by: diegoarcega on Mar 4, 2010

Great Minds, Great Words: Richard Feynman - Knowledge and Uncertainty - The Nature and Purpose of the Universe.

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