Friday, May 02, 2008

Enforce Logical Consistency

The question of doubt and uncertainty is what is necessary to begin; for if you already know the answer there is no need to gather any evidence about it. Well, being uncertain, the next thing is to look for evidence, and the scientific method is to begin with trials.

But another way and a very important one that should not be neglected and that is very vital is to
put together ideas to try to enforce a logical consistency among the various things that you know
It is a very valuable thing to try to connect this, what you know, with that, that you know, and try to find out if they are consistent. And the more activity in the direction of trying to put together the ideas of different directions, the better it is.

-- Richard Feynman, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out p. 104

& marvin minsky 9.3.2006

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