Lamprey paper first author: “Once fortified with historical inertia, just-so stories are difficult to interrogate.” Just-So stories in science are not just difficult to interrogate but risky! People fear the questioner Doubts the Narrative and That Is Not Allowed. The essay is charming and it is heartening to read someone in science who is prepared to let evidence, not Narrative, be the guide.
The resemblance sounds like so nice and neat a Darwinian belief that few can have wanted, in these times, to subject it to scrutiny. But some people did. And it’s almost like they don’t mind rewriting the textbooks. It’s as if they don’t “trust science” or something.