„Science makes no pretension to eternal truth or absolute truth“

—  Eric Temple Bell, Context: Science makes no pretension to eternal truth or absolute truth; some of its rivals do. That science is in some respects inhuman may be the secret of its success in alleviating human misery and mitigating human stupidity. p. 291
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