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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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