“The advancement of the arts, from year to year, taxes our credulity and seems to presage the arrival of that period when human improvement must end.”
Patent Office Commissioner Henry Ellsworth, 1843
“It’s not so clear that there will be any more revolutions in physics.”
Ian Hacking, 2012
Do our readers know of more examples of astonishingly stupid and arrogant assertions along the lines of “We now know it all, or nearly so, and the only job left is to suss out the details”?