A brief thought on Obama
In science it often happens that scientists say, ‘You know that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken,’ and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn’t happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.
— Carl Sagan
To me, intellectual honesty is one of the most important parts of skepticism. That’s why I like this quote from Carl Sagan so much. If he were still alive, though, he might be surprised (and glad) to see that President Obama is doing something different.
Particularly, he admitted that he “screwed up” in supporting Tom Daschle as an appointee for the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Considering that politicians have very diminished incentives to admit their mistakes, I’d have to say kudos to this guy for his courage. Let’s see if this trend continues.