Thursday, February 4, 2021

Quote of the Day (Abraham Flexner, on Education’s Importance in Cultivating Curiosity)

“Curiosity, which may or may not eventuate in something useful, is probably the outstanding characteristic of modern thinking. It is not new. It goes back to Galileo, Bacon, and to Sir Isaac Newton, and it must be absolutely unhampered. Institutions of learning should be devoted to the cultivation of curiosity and the less they are deflected by considerations of immediacy of application, the more likely they are to contribute not only to human welfare but to the equally important satisfaction of intellectual interest which may indeed be said to have become the ruling passion of intellectual life in modern times.”— American educator Abraham Flexner (1866-1959), “The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge,” Harper’s Magazine, October 1939

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