Working in a Vacuum

Rapid Development of Ideas

December 4, 2014

This is because the work is seen to be good work. Otherwise there would be no interest in it.”

This ‘development’ is easy because no informed critics (apart from ourselves) know about it, and there is encouragement from yes-men and the similarly-deluded. In a real scientific environment, opposition and criticism already begin in the common-room and the theory or experimental result has to ‘run the gauntlet’ before being allowed anywhere near a journal.  These are essential Baconian controls which prevent the development of the sort of pseudoscientific ideas which develop when a minute group isolates itself from the rational scientific world. 

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