"Moral Qualities of the Scientist"
Adapted from G. Polya, Induction and Analogy in Mathematics,
chapter 1, section 4, which is entitled "The Inductive Attitude".
- Intellectual courage
- One should be ready to revise any one of our beliefs.
- Intellectual honesty
- One should change a belief when there is a compelling reason to do
so. To stick to a conjecture clearly contradicted by experience is
dishonest. It is also dishonest
to ignore information or not to state and criticize all
- Wise restraint
- One should not change a belief wantonly, without some good reason.
Don't just follow fashion. Do not believe anything, but question only
what is worth questioning.