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Words to remember!
« on: October 07, 2016, 1525 UTC »
From a commencement address by Richard Feynman:

    It's a kind of scientific integrity, a principle of scientific thought that corresponds
    to a kind of utter honesty-a kind of leaning over backwards. For example, if
    you're doing an experiment, you should report everything that you think might
    make it invalid-not only what you think is right about it: other causes that could
    possibly explain your results; and things you thought of that you've eliminated
    by some other experiment, and how they worked-to make sure the other fellow
    can tell they have been eliminated.

    Details that could throw doubt on your interpretation must be given, if you
    know them. You must do the best you can-if you know anything at all wrong,
    or possibly wrong-to explain it. If you make a theory, for example, and advertise
    it, or put it out, then you must also put down all the facts that disagree with it,
    as well as those that agree with it. There is also a more subtle problem. When
    you have put a lot of ideas together to make an elaborate theory, you want to
    make sure, when explaining what it fits, that those things it fits are not just the
    things that gave you the idea for the theory; but that the finished theory makes
    something else come out right, in addition.

Call this Feynman integrity.
73 Vince

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