Re: MOST IMPORTANT FOSSIL (A human skull as old as coal!)

Frank Manning (
8 Nov 1996 02:33:00 GMT

In article <>

> [...]
> Anybody who has been actively involved in research knows well that for
> any good idea there are dozens of faulty ideas, thus a strick weeding
> process is needed.

True, the number of bad ideas greatly outweighs the good ones, but
there's a difference between strict and unreasonable with regards to
the weeding process.

> It may hurt the egos of some people but the
> purpose of science is to generate knowledge, not massage the egos of
> its practitioners. It may sometimes slightly delay the acceptance of
> a good idea but said delay is negligible when compared to waste of
> time and effort which may be caused by the uncritical acceptance of
> bad ideas.

For a somewhat different perspective, see _The Art of Scientific
Investigation_, by W.I.B. Beveridge.

-- Frank Manning
-- Chair, AIAA-Tucson Section