On the value of skepticism in science

I throw this in for reasons that should be obvious.

“The fallibility of methods is a valuable reminder of the importance of skepticism in science. Scientific knowledge and scientific methods, whether old or new, must be continually scrutinized for possible errors. Such skepticism can conflict with other important features of science, such as the need for creativity and for conviction in arguing a given position. But organized and searching skepticism as well as an openness to new ideas are essential to guard against the intrusion of dogma or collective bias into scientific results.”

“On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research”, National Academy of Sciences, 1995

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