In The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality, working physicist Brian Greene said:
"...something akin to a physicists' Hippocratic Oath impels researchers to maintain a deep and healthy skepticism of the apparent truths of human experience and, with the same skeptical attitude, diligently follow the math and see where it leads."
A right-brain version of this might be found in the joke
"How many Zen Buddhist monks does it take to change a light bulb?"
"Two. One to change the bulb. And one to not change the bulb."
A true understanding of scientific method requires us to be willing to abandon ideas we may have spent decades championing, while at the same time realizing that most scientific advancement builds on top of past discoveries, rarely just replacing them.
Thus Newtonian mechanics still work and always will, despite the existence of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics--all three are almost certainly perfectly compatible, though we haven't proven just how just yet.
Many laymen simply don't understand this. They don't get how most science builds on previous science; how aggressively closed-minded good scientists are towards new ideas that don't seem well-founded, especially if they're just revisiting settled issues, while simultaneously approaching new ideas that are both new and scientifically supportable with wide-eyed innocence AND simultaneous cheerful skepticism.
Thus climate scientists will eagerly explore new theories of climate change that comport with existing understandings, skeptically investigate ones that challenge existing understandings but which appear to have solid math and observational underpinnings, while summarily dismissing magical thinking--particularly when that magical thinking is advanced by people who stand to gain materially or psychologically from such advancement.
Thus when scientists funded by tobacco companies offered non-peer-reviewed "research" "proving" that cigarettes were safe, the scientific community treated them with the contempt they richly deserved--the community wasn't "open minded" about their self-serving claptrap at all.
Science is a mosh pit and a civilized debating society at the same time.
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