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    • Okay that helped clear up your arguments a bit more. What is taught in the sociology of science or the history of science supports the idea that there is a resistance to changing the paradigm of the day among scientists. It's my feeling that this is not in and of itself a bad thing. What these scientists are saying often goes against a very very large amount of scientific study and findings. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. In other words if you want to overcome the main theory of the day then you better have all of your ducks in a row and a heck of a lot of evidence to back your claim. (and that was one of the problems with Wegener's claim - he didn't have a mechanism to support his idea that the continents drifted. Yes I know he was also an outsider...) We can't have any old researcher who has a counter view simply overriding the mainstream because they are the minority and their ideas sound cool. We also have a lot of cranks out there who have seemingly 'radical' scientific theories who are not really scientists but scam artists who work on the fringes of science merely to take advantage of the ignorant. It can be hard to distinguish between a crank and a revolutionary thinker but it's usually the evidence they present (or fail to have) that decides. Even a bit of evidence to support their view is not enough, nor should it be. Yes I'm well aware of the reality that it sometimes requires the death of a big mainstream scientist or generation of scientists to allow the growth of a new paradigm but again that's not the death nell for science but rather a part of the human mind and it's inherent biases. Finally I'll say that most of science and technology makes progress as small incrimental steps forward and not nearly as many revolutionary leaps. The examples such as that of Wegener are fairly minimal and I would know because I spent a few years studying just that. (I did my masters thesis on a very closely related topic.) It could be possible that what is understood or accepted in academia (by me) is different from the prevailing lay person's view.