Nobel Laureate: Science is a totally misunderstood subject

Harold Kroto, 1996 Nobel Laureate (chemistry), speaking to an audience of students yesterday at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany:

I’m going to talk about what science is because it’s a totally misunderstood sort of subject […] it’s the only philosophical construct we have to determine truth with any degree of reliability.


The teaching of a skeptical, evidence-based assessment of all claims–all claims–without exception, is fundamentally an intellectual integrity issue. Without evidence, anything goes… think about it.

Common sense says the sun goes around the Earth. Who agrees with me? Look at it! Starts over here, ends over there. It’s uncommon sense that was needed to recognize that the Earth was turning on its axis. The uncommon sense of Copernicus, Galileo and Giordano Bruno, who burned to death. We have to learn to be very careful and to question everything.”

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