Thursday, January 07, 2021

A Science parable—author unknown

A science professor on the first day of class went down each row of students and had them answer one question: "are you open-minded?" If so, then stand! Student after student proudly stood up and proclaimed, "Yes, yes, yes, yes. . ." One lone student said no, remained seated, and was mocked and scoffed at by the crowd. The professor then said to everyone else standing, "Good. . .all who are standing can leave now. . .you're not cut out for science." A wave of anger, disappointment and disgust took over the classrooms as entitled and confused students were trying to figure out what was going on. The professor then went on to explain, "If you're open minded, you're gullible and suggestable. If you want to know the truth, you need to be discerning--you hunger for evidence and you test assumptions--you take nothing at face value."

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