Monthly archives of “January 2012

False Views

False views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for everyone takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness; and when this is done, one path towards error is closed and the road to truth is often at the same time opened.

– Charles Darwin

Inspiration Is Indefatigable Work

Artists have a vested interest in our believing in the flash of revelation, the so-called inspiration … shining down from heavens as a ray of grace. In reality, the imagination of the good artist or thinker produces continuously good, mediocre or bad things, but his judgment, trained and sharpened to a fine point, rejects, selects, connects…. All great artists and thinkers are great workers, indefatigable not only in inventing, but also in rejecting, sifting, transforming, ordering.

– Friedrich Nietzsche

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A Renaissance In Indian Science

At the recently concluded 99th Indian Science Congress in Bhubaneshwar, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh lamented the decline of India’s scientific prowess relative to China and other nations, while listing several of the government’s initiatives to promote research and development. The…