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.