Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Freeman Dyson

[Cc'ing blog. Would you believe someone actually read a blog post the other day? Wiggy, huh? -Max]
Dear Y.A.,
You've probably heard of Freeman Dyson, Inventor of the Dyson sphere and a rather famous physicist and mathematician. I find him tremendously entertaining (along with Richard Feynman). He once said (of his mixed record at predicting the future), "It is better to be wrong than vague." Anyway, he gives an interesting perspective on global warming and scientific free speech here:
'In other words, if you disagree with the majority opinion about global warming, you are an enemy of science. The authors of the pamphlet appear to have forgotten the ancient motto of the Royal Society, Nullius in Verba, which means, "Nobody's word is final."'
"The presentation or 'gift' of the Holy Ghost simply confers upon a man the right to receive at any time, when he is worthy of it and desires it, the power and light of truth of the Holy Ghost, although he may often be left to his own spirit and judgment." --Joseph F. Smith (manual, p. 69)

Be pretty if you are,
Be witty if you can,
But be cheerful if it kills you.

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