The Problem With a Good Hypthesis

There is one great difficulty with a good hypothesis. When it is completed and rounded, the corners smooth and the content cohesive and coherent, it is likely to become a thing in itself, a work of art. It is then like a finished sonnet or a painting completed. One hates to disturb it. Even if subsequent information should shoot a hole in it, one hates to tear it down because it once was beautiful and whole. One of our leading scientists, having reasoned a reef in the Pacific, was unable for a long time to reconcile the lack of a reef, indicated by soundings, with the reef his mind told him was there.


Is that it is like a work of art and we are afraid to harm it.

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 Sea of Cortez: a Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Steinbeck , John and Ricketts , Edward F. (2009-07-08), Sea of Cortez: a Leisurely Journal of Travel and Research, Penguin Books, Retrieved on 2012-06-23
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