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RE: Origins (was: Re: Sharovipteryx)
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of
> In a message dated 5/26/00 12:55:47 PM EST, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> << *Try not to get overly attached to your own hypothesis!!; >>
> Would definitely not take this piece of advice. One MUST become
> attached to
> one's own hypotheses, otherwise one will not feel much urge to
> defend them.
And I would instead warn everyone (budding scientist, old professional,
person shopping for cars, etc.) TO take this advice. It is extremely,
extremely critical, although it is one of the hardest things to do in
To quote Sagan in full:
"Try not to get overly attached to a hypothesis just because it's yours.
It's only a way station in the pursuit of knowledge. Ask yourself why you
like the idea. Compare it fairly with the alternatives. See if you can
find reasons for rejecting it. If you don't, other's will."
To think of this another way, this is another manifestation of the principle
of "ideas by merit, not by source".
Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
Department of Geology Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
University of Maryland College Park Scholars
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301-405-4084 Email: email@example.com
Fax (Geol): 301-314-9661 Fax (CPS-ELT): 301-314-7843