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  •  there are often subjective aspects to right (2+ / 0-)
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    BRog, Mr Robert

    or wrong, even in science.

    If you're looking for a certain answer and someone gives you a different answer which is equally or more correct, you have to make a choice: acknowledge gracefully that either you didn't pose a well-formed question for the answer you sought and that the answer you received is also correct; or let your ego or other issues get in the way and block acknowledgement.

    People in the world of science may claim that there is no bias in recognizing who is right and wrong, but the continuing demographics of who gets funding and promotions and publication tells us otherwise.

    This is coming from a woman who was a great math student. Became a computer/math major in the '80s. And constantly spoke to how I love math because if my answer was right it didn't matter who I was.

    College and subsequent work settings proved me wrong.

    The question on the paper doesn't care. But the other people involved in the exchange of ideas and information do. And they have ways, from neanderthal to sophisticated, of having their biases play out in the field.

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