Real Scientists Keep Their Minds Open, And Learn

An excellent article but quite telling that the auto (‘denial’) response is ” There is the suspicion that, at age 85, a great scientist of the 20th century is no longer just far out, he is far gone — out of his beautiful mind.”

Because youth who have yet to experience an ocean cycle know *everything*. Dismiss your seniors at your peril. They have lived you have yet to. The UK in December 2010 was the worst in my lifetime but an old boy said it was nothing like 46’/’47 or ’62/’63.

I recently came across a 1927 local newspaper piece saying how the weather was not ‘in living memory’ was soon put down by someone who was young in the 1880s (notable cold period in the UK).

Nothing changes.

Real Science

Freeman Dyson has followed the same path as myself, going from true believer in 1979 to skeptic in 2015.

In 1953, Freeman Dyson told his graduate students at Cornell that Quantum Mechanics is well understood settled science

In 1979, Freeman Dyson was very worried about CO2

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In 1986, speaking at the University of Adelaide, Dyson said

“nobody really understands quantum mechanics.”

And in 2015 Dyson said

“CO2 is so beneficial in other ways, it would be crazy to try to reduce it”

The New York Times says Dyson is “infinitely smart”

There is the suspicion that, at age 85, a great scientist of the 20th century is no longer just far out, he is far gone — out of his beautiful mind.  But in the considered opinion of the neurologist Oliver Sacks, Dyson’s friend and fellow English expatriate, this is far from the case. “His mind is still so open and…

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