Skepticism and new ideas

“If you are only skeptical, then no new ideas make it through to you. You never learn anything new. You become a crotchety old person convinced that nonsense is ruling the world. (There is, of course, much data to support you.) But every now and then, maybe once in a hundred cases, a new idea turns out to be on the mark, valid and wonderful. If you are too much in the habit of being skeptical about everything, you are going to miss or resent it, and either way you will be standing in the way of understanding and progress.” — Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan’s position about the balance between skepticism and openness to new ideas: just brilliant!

And just for the record: I’m a huge admirer of his work!

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Source: http://www.brainpickings.org

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