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In science it often happens that scientists say, "You know that's a really
good argument; my position is mistaken," and then they actually change
their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really
do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are
human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot
recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.
-- Carl Sagan, 1987 CSICOP keynote address

@bradfonseca I think Carl Sagan would have been profoundly disappointed by social media.

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I must profoundly disagree.

I worked in labs and had many conversations around the politics of the peer review process. Scientists are no better than others in their stubbornness.

I see your Sagan and raise you Max Planck:

"A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it."

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