Open-Minded Quotes (2 quotes)
Gardner writes about various kinds of cranks with the conscious superiority of the scientist…. He asserts that the scientist, unlike the crank, does his best to remain open-minded, so how can he be so sure that no sane person has ever seen a flying saucer…? … A.J. Ayer once remarked wryly “I wish I was as certain of anything as he seems to be about everything”.
Science progresses not because scientists as a whole are passionately open-minded but because different scientists are passionately closed-minded about different things.