Doubt and Uncertainty

by Terence

I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve only now discovered the wisdom and eloquence of Richard Feynman.

. . . Are you looking for the ultimate laws of physics? No, I’m not. I’m just looking to find out more about the world, and if it turns out there is a simple ultimate law that explains everything, so be it …But whatever way it comes out, nature is there and she’s going to come out the way she is. Therefore, when we go to investigate it, we shouldn’t pre-decide what it is we’re trying to do except to find out more about it …I can live with doubt and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong …But I don’t have to know an answer. I don’t feel frightened by not knowing things.

I actually heard these words before in the lyrics from one of the songs from Symphony of Science, but I never realised they were Feynman’s quotes.