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No Barriers to Inquiry

SKEPTIC Special Issue Introduction

IN 1949, THE PHYSICIST AND FORMER SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR OF THE Manhattan Project that built the first atomic bombs reflected on the limits of science: “There must be no barriers to freedom of inquiry. The scientist is free, and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any errors.” Reflecting on the history of science and extrapolating to wider spheres, Oppenheimer noted: “Our political life is also predicated on openness. We know that the only way to avoid error is to detect it and that the only way to detect it is to be free to inquire. And we know that as long as men are free to ask what they must, free to say what they think, free to think what they will, freedom can never be lost, and science can never regress.”

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