What is the process of knowledge construction in science? This little bit of Q&A found on BBC’s Web site, which follows up on an episode of Horizon on ‘global dimming‘, gives us a glimpse. The answer is written by the producer of the BBC Two science documentary series.
Q: Are scientists often sceptical of findings that go against the current orthodoxy?
A: Yes, for good reason – usually the orthodoxy is correct. A famous physicist once told me that if you doubt every new idea in science you will be right 90% of the time, but you will be wrong the only time it matters.