Should Scientists Keep Their Private Debates Private?

Abraham Loeb: For science to maintain credibility, it is crucial that we exhibit transparency to debating as its most fruitful phase. At its core, science is a human activity, and scientists often follow common sense and sometimes prejudice, just like detectives in a crime scene. When the scientific community reaches consensus on the basis of overwhelming evidence, its view will appear credible even more when contrasted with the more common phase of uncertainty. As long as the scientific process is honest and the pimples on the face of young research are not covered by makeup, the public will appreciate its authenticity.

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