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  1. #1 A line from a movie 
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    A line from one of my favorite movies, "The Omega Man", is "Definition of a scientist: A man who understood nothing, until there was nothing left to understand" What are your thoughts on this statement?


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    I like that. It's very profound. Other than that I don't know what to say.


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    in what way profound ? a nice play on words maybe, but as to deeper meaning, i don't know
    "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip K. Dick)
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    The deeper meaning, at least from my point of view, is that unless you know everything, you don't know anything.
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    The line was said by a character who blamed science & technology for the destruction of the world.
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    i know Matheson's book has that Frankenstein-in-reverse feel about it
    but to imply that a throwaway remark from a movie can be expanded to all of science in the real world is overextending the simile somewhat
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    It is quite plausible that that is exactly what will happen. Although from how many movies have been made about that sort of thing you'd think it was already pre-determined.
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    The script writer wanted the character to say something profound, so he came up with something that Shredder would say. I have received an intolerable amount of religious e-mails from friends that are drenched with the same kind of thing.
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    It's sexist bollocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER
    ...so he came up with something that Shredder would say...
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    Quote Originally Posted by WVBIG
    "Definition of a scientist: A man who understood nothing, until there was nothing left to understand"
    Sounds vaguely like the saying that earning an advanced degree is: learning more and more about less and less until one knows everything about nothing.
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