It's folly to suppose that they're not prone at all, but not so foolish to suppose either that their training makes them less biased, or that being less so biased makes people more likely to become scientists.

Ever heard the phrase "Science progresses one funeral at time"? Who do you think coined that phrase? Hint: It wasn't trash collectors.

If scientists were really as open-minded and ego free as you claim, they wouldn't spend their lives defending work from their youth.

Rationality Quotes June 2013

by Thomas 1 min read3rd Jun 2013791 comments


Another month has passed and here is a new rationality quotes thread. The usual rules are:

  • Please post all quotes separately, so that they can be upvoted or downvoted separately. (If they are strongly related, reply to your own comments. If strongly ordered, then go ahead and post them together.)
  • Do not quote yourself.
  • Do not quote from Less Wrong itself, Overcoming Bias, or HPMoR.
  • No more than 5 quotes per person per monthly thread, please.