Astrophysicists talk like scientists

A friend sent me an article about astrophysicists from the Globe and Mail. Notably, there is a statement that reflects one of the themes of this blog:

That’s what it’s like talking to astrophysicists: They say a clear, fascinating thing, and follow it with endless upsetting complications. This is the way they tell the truth. The difference between them and most people is that astrophysicists aren’t afraid of what they don’t understand.

Scientists immerse themselves in things they don’t understand. So, its an outcome of their training that they are not afraid of uncertainty; They still know how to proceed and make progress. That’s the educational benefit of grappling with hard problems you don’t fully understand.

The truth has limits and uncertainty. Anyone who acts otherwise lacks integrity

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