Every intellectual has a very special responsibility. He has the privilege and the opportunity of studying. In return, he owes it to his fellow men (or ‘to society’) to represent the results of his study as simply, clearly and modestly as he can. The worst thing that intellectuals can do - the cardinal sin - is to try to set themselves up as great prophets vis-à-vis their fellow men and to impress them with puzzling philosophies. Anyone who cannot speak simply and clearly should say nothing and continue to work until he can do so.
—  Karl Popper 1994: Against Big Words
Man könnte wohl die rationalistische Einstellung folgendermaßen ausdrücken; vielleicht habe ich unrecht, und du hast recht, jedenfalls können wir beide hoffen, nach unserer Diskussion klarer zu sehen als vorher, und jedenfalls können wir ja beide voneinander lernen, solange wir nur nicht vergessen, dass es nicht darauf ankommt, wer recht behält, als vielmehr darauf, der Wahrheit näherzukommen.
—  Aus Karl R. Popper – Alles Leben ist Problem lösen, München 2005, S. 161
The history of science, like the history of all human ideas, is a history of irresponsible dreams, of obstinacy, and of error. But science is one of the very few human activities — perhaps the only one — in which errors are systematically criticized and fairly often, in time, corrected. This is why we can say that, in science, we often learn from our mistakes, and why we can speak clearly and sensibly about making progress there.
—  Karl Popper
If one is a research worker, one mustn’t believe in anything too strongly; one must always be prepared that various beliefs one has had for a long time may be overthrown.

Paul Dirac, quoted in The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom, p. 376. Graham Farmelo, Basic Books, 2009. 

The reference for the quote in the book is Dirac’s 1966 Lectures on Quantum Field Theory, New York, Belfer Graduate School of Science, Yeshiva University.

Fallibilism, Peirce.

anonymous asked:

Question: About the Jikook Video, I have a question. Is there any evidence of the same sort for OTHER ships that completely denies Jikook? Or is there like evidence that denies Jikook in general? This is not comparing ships but falsification (you can google Karl Popper if you don't know what it is), because the evidence shook me too but I can't help but be skeptical ;p I just want to know for sure haha.

Thank you for this question! I never really thought about this before.

I’ll start off by saying, I only ever really look at Jikook moments as romantic, so even if there are some moments from other ships that might “deny” Jikook, I don’t see them that way. Jikook is the only ship I have ever actually thought might be romantic and that I am this invested in, so I am a little biased.

There are some moments from Yoon/min that could be perceived as romantic, especially the one on Yoongi’s birthday last year where Jimin said “you know” in reply to Yoongi’s question of what he got him. This made the Yoon/min fandom blow up because Yoongi replied “I know”, and it was really sweet and cute.

There’s also a few V/min and Tae/kook moments, like when there were reports (just recently) of Jimin sitting on Tae’s lap and the two of them tickling each others chins. Or how practically everyone in the fandom is convinced Tae/kook is real because they slept next to each other in a behind the scenes photo on Bon Voyage.

But after all these moments from other ships, I still think Jikook are the most realistic. It’s not in-your-face moments where they proclaim their love, it’s moments where you have to glance again and again to see what’s really happening.

Like the recent twitter video, where it sounds like Jungkook blows a kiss at Jimin and then says “My mo- my mochi.” in a soft, loving voice. It’s like the video I just analyzed where it seems almost too obvious Jimin is in that room (seriously I know for a fact that was Jimin’s voice saying “you scared me” and “pardon”). Or in 2015 during a birthday (I think Rap Mon’s) vlive where Jungkook rested his head on Jimin’s shoulder and Jimin had not-so-subtly widened his eyes and moved his head to get Jungkook off him (Jungkook glanced at the camera and took a whole step back, like BOY). It’s like at the 2015 mama awards where Tae said that Jimin was hanging out with Jungkook and then a year later its shown they were alone in a hotel room, and Jungkook was shirtless under his jacket (plus Jimin’s voice was raspy af).

I may be seeing things through only one point of view, but I truly do think the evidence for Jikook is just too real.