We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's about scientific integrity and junk science. He insisted that scientists report everything that is wrong with their data and their conclusions - to be their own toughest critics and skeptics and, especially, to report and question their own biases and motivations.
Enough with the overblown Richard Feynman myth. The problem with the Cargo Cult believers (the John Frum Society) whom Feynman mentioned in his graduation address is not that they were "fooling themselves" or failing to note the failure of their efforts to entice treasure-laden cargo planes back to Vanuatu; in fact they were---apparently systematically---doing everything their primitive "science" or belief system allowed. Their problem is they had no one who could think outside the box and recognize the fallacy in their thinking, and yet Feynman doesn't mention this. Instead he goes off on a rambling, inchoate discourse about integrity in science, blah, blah, blah.
Also enough with effusive praise for Frank Lloyd Wright, the Adolph Hitler of architectural design. Perhaps I've gotten the wrong impression about him, but from what I've read Wright too often disliked the clients he worked for (or else hated the notion he had to work on commission), ignored his clients needs, and imposed his own tastes and impractical designs on them, whether they liked them or not. A good architect is someone who listens to the people he's working for. Donald Trump would have fired him. I'm sure Romney would have fired him. So would I.
Fred, not to put words in your mouth, but perhaps in high school you were more in love with the idea of being in love with physics than the real thing. Texan, Feynman was pretty much in love with himself. His wager with Victor Weisskopf is revealing. He wagered he'd never become an administrator. Good. I suspect he would have made a terrible muddle of it, unlike the always dependable Weisskopf, who was a giant in whatever endeavor he undertook.