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Patrick McCray's last sentence carries enormous weight in an environment where
“facts” are pronounced from on high, any criticism of methods is seen as lèse-majesté, and pleading to authority is rife. McCray totally fails to mention R. P. Feynman, T. H. Huxley, or any allusion to the fact that C. P. Snow too saw the ignorance of the other side's way of thinking to be entirely one-sided. Pride in ignorance and derision of critical thinking are rife again – it's time to refer back to the basics.
If today's universities spend more on lawyers and administrators than on scientists, as they do, why didn't Alan H. Chambers get more and better help from them than from his supervisor alone? Is this bureaucratic bloat even more superfluous and useless than it already seems?
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