What We Believe But Cannot Prove



What We Believe But Cannot Prove: Today’s Leading Thinkers on Science in the Age of Certainty

We rarely do book reviews, but we found it compelling to do one for the book up top. It is not exactly a book. It is more like a collection of 100+ paragraphs to small essays on what leading intellectual figures in many fields believe is true but cannot prove it.

In essence, it is an experiment in certainty and the relevancy of certainty. It is interesting particularly because it opens up the many different opinions of different people.However, the only thing that they do have in common is the fact that whatever their thesis or belief is, they really have no proof. Rather, this statement of uncertainty if the very practice of science itself.

This is why I believe that this book is meant to invoke in the reader the idea that science is not an exact entity but an always changing and fluid mechanism. Nothing is certain, but that is the beauty of intellectualism and science. If things were certain than the drive to learn and expand would be quenched immediately.

I highly recommend this book, specifically because it is an extremely easy read for the summer, and the variance and differences of ideas are extreme interesting. One thing I did was everywhere I read a paragraph or essay I found interesting I would mark down that author and later looked for other work in the same field, or perhaps other things. – ranging from philosophy, psychology to nano-robotics.

Further Readinghttp://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5254203


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