Thanks, Roman. I am, of course, describing an ideal, theoretical situation – immediately pointing out that some scientists are practising rather more motivated science.

I read your article and I agree with you: the fixation with facts as opposed to beliefs is not helpful. Beliefs are necessary heuristics to navigate the world: we cannot spend our time constantly checking facts, in case they changed from the previous time we checked them, or in case the source of our beliefs is wrong.

That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be sceptical – in particular about the beliefs we hold most dearly. And my main argument in this article is to plead for less personal connection with beliefs, so that we are less likely to cling to beliefs that are past their use-by date. We should celebrate it when we change our mind, rather than see it as a capitulation.

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