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Koestler on Galileo

Quotes from Koestler’s The Sleepwalkers:

“One of the points that I have laboured in this book is the unitary source of the mystical and scientific modes of experience;”

“The inertia of the human mind and its resistance to innovation are most clearly demonstrated not, as one might expect, by the ignorant mass – which is easily swayed once its imagination is caught – but by professionals with a vested interest in tradition and in the monopoly of learning. Innovation is a twofold threat to academic mediocrities: it endangers their oracular authority, and it evokes the deeper fear that their whole laboriously constructed edifice might collapse.”

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