Even In Science, Tribal Effects Dominate:
Human beings are tribal animals. A tribe is a small group of individuals, helping each other, cemented by deep emotions. Don’t say it’s over. A recent study demonstrates what some have guessed all along, namely that it flourished in science.
Max Planck — the Nobel Prize–winning physicist who launched quantum theory by discovering that energy radiation was quantized — once made the cynical observation that science progressed “one funeral at a time”. Said he:
“A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.”
(When Hitler started to devastate Germany, Planck visited the madman, and told that imbecile that his institute and university had been destroyed by Hitler’s racial policies. Hitler later had Planck’s son killed.)
Researchers at the…
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