"Profound insights arise only in debate,
with a possibility of counterargument,
only when there is a possibility of expressing
not only correct ideas but also dubious ideas."
by:
Andrei Sakharov
(1921-1989) Russian nuclear physicist, Soviet dissident, human rights activist
Source:
Progress, Coexistence and Intellectual Freedom, 1968
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 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
Open, honest and unabashed debate
 -- RobertSRQ     
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    I rather enjoy it when someone proposes their dubious ideas. It gives me something and someone to ridicule. In fact I consider it a duty of a sensible citizen to ridicule foolish ideas.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    A necessary process for getting to the truth.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Profound insights arise in all kinds of places. Debate is good but it is not where the insights actually happen. It is just where they are tested.
     -- warren, olathe     
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     -- Thinlina      
     -- jim k, Austin      
     
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