it is not because they are understood, it is because they are familiar

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“Very strange, very wonderful, seemingly very improbable phenomena may yet appear which, when once established, will not astonish us more than we are now astonished at all that science has taught us during the last century,” Charles Robert Richet, Nobel laureate in physiology, has declared.  “It is assumed that the phenomena which we now accept without surprise do not excite our astonishment because they are understood.  But this is not the case.  If they do not surprise us, it is not because they are understood, it is because they are familiar; for if that which is not understood ought to surprise us, we should be surprised at everything – the fall of a stone thrown into the air, the acorn which becomes an oak, mercury which expands when it is heated, iron attracted by a magnet.

“The science of today is a light matter… Those amazing truths that our descendants will discover are even now all around us, staring us in the eyes, so to speak, and yet we do not see them; we do not wish to see them – for as soon as an unexpected and unfamiliar fact appears, we try to fit it into the framework of the commonplaces of accepted knowledge, and are indignant that anyone should dare to experiment further.”

Statement by Charles Robert Richet found in Paramahansa Yogananda’s book, The Autobiography of a Yogi

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