"There is a popular notion that great actors have to be brave and willing to suffer. And while that's true, strangely I find the harder thing is to be brave enough to be simple, to stop when you've done it. That is more frightening than anything. The scenes where it's required that you turn your guts inside out and just bleed publicly are not anywhere near as difficult as the simple moments. Those take more bravery, I think, than the gut-wrenching screams or the crying."
William H. Macy, Oscar nominee and beloved antihero
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Scientific American, November 2012
The Founding Fathers were science enthusiasts. Thomas Jefferson, a lawyer and scientist, built the primary justification for the nation's independence on the thinking of Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon and John Locke - the creators of physics, inductive reasoning and empiricism. He called them his "trinity of three greatest men." If anyone can discover the truth by using reason and science, Jefferson reasoned, then no one is naturally closer to the truth than anyone else.