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  1. Brilliant Minds Explain Which Scientific Ideas Are Ready for Retirement

    In a forum asking which scientific ideas are ready for retirement, the world’s most pre-eminent scientists and artists, including Richard Dawkins, Ian McEwan and Alan Alda, answered that we should let go of narrow theories like the utility of mouse models for human research, ideas of human uniqueness, and even the notion of infinity. They argue that we should instead focus on broadening our understanding of concepts and phenomena, like expanding definitions of addiction to include activities like love and eating, or delimiting our categorical understandings of race and wealth to include a spectrum. By letting go, they believe, we will gain more knowledge.

    Source: The Guardian

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