N.B. another review on the same book, written by a Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics.
There is a common misunderstanding that the motivation for a scientist to do science is curiosity. First, no one, even a scientists needs curiosity to achieve success in life. In science, the NSF - the most important funding agency - does not value curiosity, it values appeal and appearance. Curiosity is just a psychological predisposition to trying things. It is like hunger. You feel hunger, you start looking for food. But maybe in time you will figure out that making food also can make you rich and famous, and you become a chef. Same in science; the true locomotive of sciences (read, scientists) is the two big Fs - Fame, and Funds.
While growing up they - future scientists - got fascinated by something. Maybe it was a book, a parent, a friend, a teacher, a movie, or something else which influenced them, but the main reason they started doing science is just they liked it and they were good at it. One thing led to another and here they are, having a PhD. But the majority of scientists are practitioners, they are practicing in the field of their science and they don't usually think about the philosophical basis or fundamental principles of the science they do. They just have no time and taste for that.
3. A cat inside a box may die, and if that happens, when we open a box we will see a dead cat, and we may be able to find out how long the cat was dead before a box was opened (hence, when after the start of the experiment the cat died), but before we open the box we will never be able to predict when exactly the cat would die.
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