From The Atlantic:
The strangeness of the geology and fossil evidence behind the theory of continental drift helped drive a half-century of resistance to the idea. Siddhartha Mukherjee documented in his book The Emperor of All Maladies how a fixation on the cure for a misconceived disease inhibited recognition of the complexity of cancer for a generation. It took decades before physicists came to grips with experiments that showed that the speed of light was constant for every observer—and even then, only the very young Einstein took that observation seriously enough to produce his first relativity theory.
In the long run, it’s true: Reality imposes a final and authoritative judgment on the rights and wrongs of any idea. In the moment, though, each moment, including ours, meaning in science emerges painfully, slowly, one fallible, historically contingent, self-deceiving and (very) occasionally triumphant scientist at a time. More.
Some of us suspect that Dawkins’ selfish gene will die the same way. See the Die, Selfish Gene, Die movement
Pushback from Dawkins: “Mere adversarial journalism”
and from a Harvard prof: You people just don’t understand the selfish gene!
Yes, we do understand the selfish gene. We also understand that genetics didn’t turn out the way anyone thought
Maybe the selfish gene will take evolutionary psychology quietly to the grave with it?
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