S:1102 Quote: Certainty

(Quotes are capsules of information, reinforcement or enlightenment.)

 

“I have approximate answers and possible beliefs and different degrees of certainty about different things, but I am not absolutely sure of anything.”

Richard Feynman

 

Coaching Point: Richard Feynman was one of the brightest lights in the world of physics research and study. Nanotechnology, quantum physics, the scientific method – all benefited from his thinking and insights. He was also an excellent communicator, both as a writer and speaker. And, yet.

Each new learning had the possibility of changing his previous thinking. What was so became less so. Or at least less certain.

Today’s world is full of ‘truths,’ ‘facts,’ ‘reality,’ ‘of course,’ ‘they say,’ ‘it’s obvious,’ and other noise. People leading happy, successful, engaged lives tend to pierce the noise to see what is really so behind the ‘facts.’

Richard Feynman wasn’t absolutely certain of anything. Of what are you certain? Are you absolutely certain?

 

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