is your heresy?"
I've noticed that the more scientifically educated a person is, the
more likely they will harbor a quiet heresy. This is a strongly held
belief that goes against the grain of their peers, something not in
the accepted cannon of their friends and colleagues. Often the person
finds it difficult to fully justify their own belief. It may or may
not be believed by others outside their circle, that doesn't matter.
What is important is that this view is not held by people they respect
and admire. It's become almost a game for me to uncover a person's heresy
because I've found that this unconventional view held with much
effort against the tide of their peer's views tells me more about
them than does the bulk of their well-thought out, well-reasoned, and
well argued conventional views. The more unexpected the belief is, the
more I like them.
Kelly is Editor-At-Large for Wired Magazine
and author of
New Rules for the New Economy.