Re: Bipedalism and theorizing... was Re: Morgan and creationists

Stephen Barnard (
Tue, 02 Jul 1996 19:12:21 -0800

Paul Crowley wrote:
> [snip]

I've been reading this stuff about the conservatism of the scientific
establishment for awhile. It's not altogether bogus. Tenured
greybeards do tend to get stuck on their reputations and on the
orthodoxy (which was once revolutionary) that they established.

On the other hand, young, up-and-coming, nontenured scientists have a
different perspective. If anything, they err in the opposite
direction, jumping on any new, fashionable bandwagon that helps them
tweak the noses of their seniors.

Averaged out, this dialectic serves a greater good. It's a lovely
self-correcting process of skeptical discovery.

Steve Barnard