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Reinvigorating mystery

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Dr. Robert Sapolsky, from his classic book, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers:

“Science is not meant to cure us of mystery, but to reinvent & reinvigorate it.”

I really enjoy that thought, and yet I don’t actually entirely agree with it. There is so much mystery that science cannot and will never “cure” us of all of it, and it would be a shame if it did. Certainly one of the main things I want from science is to expose deeper mysteries (and I often get it). But if it didn’t cure at least some of it, what would be the damn point? 😜

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