“ask an impertinent question….”

In “The Ascent of Man”, the mathematician and historian, Jacob Bronowski writes: “ask an impertinent question, and you are on the way to the pertinent answer.”

Beginning a chapter titled “Life’s Little Joke” (in his 1996 book “Full House: The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin”), the paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould writes: “The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best – and therefore never scrutinize or question.”

The novelist Louis L’Amour has the protagonist add to Stephen’s observation in “The Walking Drum” (published in 1984): “Seek for answers, and when you find what seems to be an answer, question that, too.”

Peace 😊

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