The difference between “learning” and “learning” is important to understand.
“Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”: Adventures of a Curious Character(via lospaziobianco)
God behaves like a strange king who wanted to test the obedience of his subjects on ridiculous things, and who punished them afterward well beyond their crimes.
If only Adam and Eve had been punished, one could strive to save the conduct of God from the reproach of malignity and injustice.
But it is claimed that the entire race of men was cursed for this mistake, and that we all carry the burden of Adam’s sin, a burden that is no less than our eternal damnation.
- Émilie du Châtelet
Beyond the humor, it might be good to realize that curiosity (like lust) is no moral absolute… it has evolved via natural selection like everything else.(via memeengine)
All our science, measured against reality,
is primitive and childlike - and yet it is
the most precious thing we have."
So, the right laws of physics. They’re beautifully balanced. If the weak force had been a little bit different, then carbon and oxygen wouldn’t be stable inside the hearts of stars, and there would be none of that in the universe. […] It makes me really feel that that civilization, which, as I say, is, if you believe the scientific creation story, has emerged purely as a result of the laws of physics and a few hydrogen atoms. Then I think, to me anyway, it makes me feel incredibly valuable.
—Brian Cox, TED Talks, “What Really Goes on at the Large Hadron Collider”