Dr. Henry Gee on fantasy and science

"A capacity for fantasy is something we should encourage in scientists. But this notion has been lost by those whose self-imposed task it is to drill the public in the discipline of science."

– Dr. Henry Gee, science writer and editor

In this interesting opinion piece, Gee argues that if scientists only dealt with known facts, "science would die". Instead, they must routinely engage in fantastic ‘what if’ exercises – also known as hypotheses. This, Gee argues, is highly analogous to the ‘suspension of disbelief’ that fiction readers must adapt to enjoy a story.

You can read the entire article here.