The certainty of uncertainty

Just wanted to share this with you.

There seems to be so much going on in the world that creates uncertainty. In browsing the web looking for some inspiration for today’s blog post, I came across this short video of the late Richard Feynman and just wanted to share it with you.

The Richard Feyman website explains:

This web site is dedicated to Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988), scientist, teacher, raconteur, and musician.  He assisted in the development of the atomic bomb, expanded the understanding of quantum electrodynamics, translated Mayan hieroglyphics, and cut to the heart of the Challenger disaster.  But beyond all of that, Richard Feynman was a unique and multi-faceted individual.

Find out about Feynman, what he was and why he remains one of the most celebrated and revered scientists of modern times.

Richard Feynman
Richard Feynman

Now to the video. The Uncertainty of Knowledge

“If you expected science to give all the answers to the wonderful questions about what we are, where we are going what the meaning of the universe is and so on then I think you can easily become disillusioned and then look for some mystic answer to these problems. How a scientist can take a mystic answer I don’t know because the whole spirit is to unders…well never mind that, anyway I don’t understand that…but anyhow…if you think of it though…I..the way i think of what we are doing is, we are exploring, we are trying to find out as much as we can about the world.

People say to me, “Are you looking for the ultimate laws of physics?” No I am not. I am just looking to find out more about the world. And if it turns out there is a simple ultimate law that explains everything so be it. That would be very nice discovery. If it turns out it’s like an onion with millions of layers and we just sick and tired of looking at the layers then that’s the way it is! But whatever way it comes out it’s nature, it’s there, and she’s going to come out the way she is. And therefore when we go to investigate we shouldn’t pre-decide what it is we are trying to do except to find out more about it. If you said…but..the problem is why we do you find out more about it, if you thought that you are trying to find out more about it because you are going to get an answer to some deep philosophical question you may be wrong and may be that you can’t get an answer to that particular question by finding out more about the character of the nature.

Hope you find this inspiring!

If you want to find out more about this amazing person then do go across to that website.


8 thoughts on “The certainty of uncertainty

  1. ” … we are exploring, we are trying to find out as much as we can about the world.”

    Who would be opposed to this? If there is a mystical being out there we owe all this to then I think we are challenged to find out all we can. Contact with this being/entity has been too sketchy for too long.


  2. You should have warned me Paul! I learned physics in the Feynman Lectures on Physics, and then later met Feynman, and we talked about my own theory… (He was very kind, at least, to me!)


  3. I watched with a smile, bemused. So much to say. There is indeed a question of courage, not been afraid to not know all the answers, not being afraid to admit there is no big answer out there. How? Ultimately, the answer is neurological. The mood of being absorbed in the pleasure of finding things out can break the mood of being satisfied with simple certainties.


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