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Michael Faraday – Duty to demonstrate your assertions

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A man who makes assertions, or draws conclusions, regarding any given case, ought to be competent to investigate it. He has no right to throw the onus on others, declaring it their duty to prove him right or wrong. His duty is to demonstrate the truth of that which he asserts, or to cease from asserting.

Michael Faraday   (1791-1867)

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Richard Feynman – Is it impossible that there are flying saucers?

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Richard FeynmanSo my antagonist said, “Is it impossible that there are flying saucers? Can you prove that it’s impossible?” “No”, I said, “I can’t prove it’s impossible. It’s just very unlikely”. At that he said, “You are very unscientific. If you can’t prove it impossible then how can you say that it’s unlikely?” But that is the way that is scientific. It is scientific only to say what is more likely and what less likely, and not to be proving all the time the possible and impossible.

Richard Feynman   (1918-1988)

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Laozi / Lao-Tzu – Wise men don’t need to prove their point

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Lao TzuWise men don’t need to prove their point;
men who need to prove their point aren’t wise.
The Master has no possessions.
The more he does for others, the happier he is.
The more he gives to others, the wealthier he is.
The Tao nourishes by not forcing.
By not dominating, the Master leads.

Laozi / Lao-Tzu   (604 BC-531 BC)

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