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Examining the negative aspects of the social dynamics of science.

Skepticism is a primary tool of science. It would be hypocritical to never direct a skeptical eye towards Scientific Skepticism itself. If the existence of our own imperfections and errors is denied, then they are free to grow without limit, and skepticism is not immune to this problem. Unbridled gullibility can destroy science, but unbridled skepticism is no less a threat because it brings both the excessive preservation of the status quo and the supression of unconventional ideas. Better to take a middle road between total close-mindedness and total gullibility. Practice pragmatism, pursue humility, and maintain a clear, honest, and continuing view of ourselves and the less noble of our own behaviors.


"The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best -- and therefore never scrutinize or question." -Stephen Jay Gould


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