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The Danger for Scientists of Keeping an Open Mind

Why great scientists make great mistakes

How can we avoid such errors? Livio quotes Bertrand Russell: “Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.” He then conveys a central principle of skepticism: “While doubt often comes across as a sign of weakness, it is also an effective defense mechanism, and it's an essential operating principle for science.”

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