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Date Posted: 07:13
Author: Eponymous-22Apr02
Subject: On Planck's Sociology of Scientific Progress
In reply to: Dwayanu-22Apr02 's message, "Re: Atlantis's proof" on 07:12

Planck's dictum is amusing, but even if he was right, he merely confirms what I said: Science (the institution) is not incorrigibly biased against new ideas - even if individual scientists are.

In any case, I'm inclined to think that Planck's sociological account of scientific progress is probably inaccurate. For one thing, it is quite common for scientists simply to change their minds when confronted with knew evidence, or after extended reflection - far too common to think that scientists are generally incorrigible to new ideas. (Stephen Hawking is a good example.)

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