Defining a good education 55

Posted by science on December 07, 2009

Science has been working with the Federal government for the last six months, which has been an education in itself. I ran across the following quote recently which I think is worth sharing. There’s a lot of talk in DC about a “high quality education” but often those comments are ill-informed as to what a student looks like after they have gone through such an experience. The following quotation is as good a description as I’ve seen as to what a quality education can offer:

“At school you are engaged not so much in acquiring knowledge as in making mental efforts under criticism… You go to a great school not so much for knowledge as for arts and habits; for the habit of attention, for the art of expression, for the art of assuming at a moment’s notice a new intellectual position, for the art of entering quickly into another person’s thoughts, for the habit of submitting to censure and refutation, for the art of indicating assent or dissent in graduated terms, for the habit of regarding minute points of accuracy, for the art of working out what is possible in a given time, for taste, for discrimination, for mental courage, and for mental soberness.”

– William Johnson Cory, 19th Century Headmaster at Eton

Science 37

Posted by science on March 06, 2009

Science is simply the process of approximating observed complexity.

On magnifying glasses, microscopes and the act of looking. 59

Posted by science on January 27, 2008


A larger world exists, but we have never looked at it. We are too concerned with our microscopes or our magnifying glasses. We try to make things large by using magnifying glasses—but we have never looked at outer space with our naked eyes. If we looked into it, we could find it—but we don’t have to use our binoculars and telescopes. We don’t need them, they are false pretenses. We don’t need any means to do this; we could just simply look at it, whatever it is, and enjoy it. An immensely larger version of thinking and of celebration is taking place. That seems to be the very important point.

- Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Quotations to live by

Posted by science on November 28, 2007


There are plenty more quotations for your lifestyle at the kind host of Science:

Martin Fowler on Ruby 54

Posted by scientific on December 28, 2006

Universal Caution Symbol

As long as you are careful it’s really nice.
- Martin Fowler, on Ruby

Those who do not study history..

Posted by scientific on September 02, 2006

If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.

– James Madison

Overcompensation 43

Posted by scientific on April 10, 2006

A fanatic is a man who consciously over-compensates a secret doubt.

– Aldous Huxley

Honest Politicians 45

Posted by scientific on February 09, 2006

An honest politician is one who when bought will stay bought.
– Unknown