According to Stathis Papaioannou:
>The best we can do in science as in everyday life is to accept
>provisionally that things are as they seem. There is no shame in
>this, as long as you are ready to revise your theory in the light
>of new evidence, and it is certainly better than assuming that
>things are *not* as they seem, in the absence of any evidence.

The process isn't quite that benign, especially when applied to
one's treatment of others.  There will always be unknowable truths,
one should proceed with an acute sense of one's own ignorance.  Yet
with each advance in science people and their institutions act
increasingly recklessly with regard to unanticipated consquences.

How can we perceive and measure our own ignorance?


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