the youthful innocence of certainty

I spotted this (attributed to Matt Carmill) on the Ecological Society of America’s listserv:

“As an adolescent I aspired to lasting fame, I craved factual certainty, and I thirsted for a meaningful vision of human life – so I became a scientist. This is like becoming an archbishop so you can meet girls.”

Genius. Oh, for the youthful innocence of certainty…

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