the one and only truly amazing katster (katster) wrote,
the one and only truly amazing katster

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Why faith is important

"Moreover, I found out one memorable day how little we really know even about things we consider to be solid facts--in this case I had been bloviating about some matter of chemistry or other, had casually mentioned the definition of a "mole", and was brought up short with the flat question, "How do you _know_ that?" "Uh, I read it," is not a good answer. To my credit I was able to figure out a way experimentally to determine the number of molecules in a mole, but then _that's_ based on certain other assumptions that I knew even less about. And so on down the line. We take much more on faith than most people care to think about."

--Ernest Tomblinson, in the discussion forums in the article So why was Martha indicted on Daily Kos.

Was an interesting thought, and I wanted to keep it around.
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