This week’s Ese’s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Open, brought to mind how people’s minds (sorry) are becoming more closed as opposed to more open. Here is a quote from Carl Sagan  about having an open mind.

At the heart of science is an essential balance between two seemingly contradictory attitudes–an openness to new ideas, no matter how bizarre or counterintuitive they may be, and the most ruthless skeptical scrutiny of all ideas, old and new. This is how deep truths are winnowed from deep nonsense.– Carl Sagan

I hope you enjoy the photo and how it fits with Sagan’s quote as well as with “open” in some other ways. I talk more about the Sagan quote below.

Daydreaming of Home - Truth and Dreans

Sagan is speaking about the importance of an open mind and at its essence he is describing the scientific method. It is a tool that uses openness to new ideas (hypotheses) to find things out about the world. It also uses skepticism about discoveries when they are claimed (an example is the requirement for verification or repeatability of discoveries). What Sagan is talking about is basically the process of investigating the world that has created/made/discovered a great deal of what it takes to allow you to read and view this post via the Internet on your computer at this very moment. The big thing science probably didn’t bring us is, of course, you, and I for one appreciate your visit!

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  1. holley4734 says:

    Awesome post! love quote & photo! http://holley4734.wordpress.com/

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  2. Ese' s Voice says:

    So well combined – the photo and the quote! Does make me think about “open minds” and how it seems like almost a stick with 2 ends. There’re so many new possibilities (the new technologies) for development these days, so many ways to grow. On the other hand…yes, often there’s too much relying on those technologies instead of one’s own mind, keeping it open, having it as a torrent for new ideas. The balance is what matters.

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