It is important to learn to be surprised by simple things – for example, by the fact that bodies fall down, not up, and that they fall at a certain rate; that if pushed, they move on a flat surface in a straight line, not a circle; and so on. The beginning of science is the recognition that the simplest phenomena of life raise quite serious problems: Why are they as they are, instead of some different way?

Noam Chomsky, Language and Problems of Knowledge (via trolleyology)


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