Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Tolstoy Knows Why!

Here you are words which some Evolutionary Computation researchers (and, also, researchers in general) should remember every time they get up from bed:

"I know that the majority of people, including those usually involved with problems of the greatest complexity, rarely accept even the simplest or the most obvious truth if this truth obliges them to admit the falseness of the conclusions which they got, perhaps, with great difficulty, because with these conclusions they delighted themselves when explaining them to their colleagues, they got proud when teaching them to others and that they had sewn, thread by thread, in the weaving of their lives."

Leo Tolstoy (September 9, 1828 - November 20, 1910)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes! I agree with him; though it is difficult.

01 August, 2006 05:20  
Blogger Marcelo said...

Hello, Amir!

That Tolstoy's quote has a big amount of truth. I like it because it summarizes through an elegant and short way all those things which we usually witness inside our field.

It is a pity that persons, frequently, prefer to defend their own passions although these are incomplete and/or incorrect and even do not accept the simplest argument that goes against their ideas/opinions/beliefs/etc. But, as the poet used to say: "Passion is inversely proportional to the amount of real information available".

By the way, let's keep being honest and humility at the maximum extent we can. :)

Até Mais!


01 August, 2006 21:50  

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