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TorgoX (1933)

TorgoX
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Wednesday July 06, 2005
12:40 AM

Oblique of pure reason

[ #25539 ]
Dear Log,

«Science, at bottom, is really anti-intellectual. It always distrusts pure reason, and demands the production of objective fact. [...]

The business of a man of science in this world is not to speculate and dogmatize, but to demonstrate. To be sure, he sometimes needs the aid of hypothesis, but hypothesis, at best, is only a pragmatic stop-gap, made use of transiently because all the necessary facts are not yet known. The appearance of a new one in contempt of it destroys it instantly. At its most plausible and useful it simply represents an attempt to push common sense an inch or two over the borders of the known. At its worst it is only idle speculation, and no more respectable than the soaring of metaphysicians.»