Wednesday, August 07, 2002

Quote on the nature of thought

Perhaps our thinking exemplifies a selective system. First lots of random scattered ideas compete for survival. Then comes the selection for what works best -- one idea dominates, and this is followed by its amplification. Perhaps the moral... is that you never learn anything unless you are willing to take a risk and tolerate a little randomness in your life.
--Heinz Pagels, American physicist 1988

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