Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is never to stop questioning.
– Albert Einstein
Well said Albert! And as a fellow scientist myself (though perhaps not quite so well known!) I certainly have to agree with the ‘never stop questioning’.
I was born asking questions. And I have to wonder if that is why I am a scientist; or I am a scientist, therefore I ask questions? Agh, it’s in the genes I guess.
Certainly, both my daughters asked a heck of a lot of questions growing up, which I thought was awesome. You want enquiring minds right? However I have a scientist and a philosopher daughter. The scientist, Pix, you could explain something to and that would be it. The philosopher, DD, never stopped asking questions.
Me: “You don’t run with scissors.”
Me: “Because they are sharp, and if you trip and fall you could cut yourself.”
Me: “Well, scissors are sharp and pointy. If you run with them you could trip and fall on them and cut yourself.”
Me: Several explanations and “Whys” later – “Because I said so!”
Yeah, and wasn’t I the one who was always going to explain things to my kids, and not just resort to “Because I said so?” I hadn’t bargained on a philosopher for a daughter!
post script: DD explained to me in later years, that her “Whys” were – Why would I run? Why would I fall? Why would I cut myself? An infinite regression of Whys!