Thursday, January 5, 2012

The wisdom of Linus Pauling

"The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas."

Linus Carl Pauling (1901-1994)

A noted biochemist, he won the Nobel prize for chemistry. As a peace activist, he won the Nobel peace prize.

…and good ways to have lots of ideas are to, well, think (!) about something for more than 10 seconds and also to be willing to welcome and recognize ideas from other people and all sources…….having only one good idea may lead to a narrowed outlook, a biased confidence, and the temptation to defend it at all costs….

Wikipedia has the Linus Pauling story

The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University

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