Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Science is not a Priesthood

A (very) distinguished scientist emails me about his comments on a Nature article.

Many of these people seem to think that Science is some kind of Priesthood with Commandments On Tablets Of Stone. If they rule out the possibility of anything major unexpected then they have no chance of making major discoveries. Of course unusual, iconoclastic ideas may be wrong - they almost always are - but the ones that are not wrong are the source of all major progress.  As my correspondent knows much better than most!

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