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THE PROPER practice of science requires adherence to the evidence above all, even when it leads us in directions we did not anticipate. While we would like to think that we succeed in this goal, perhaps sometimes scientific progress is slowed by dogmatic adherence to popular scientific models. Perhaps we would be better served by an “open science” model, setting aside such things as reams of gene sequences and fossil descriptions to see what others can come up with when their creativity is not straitjacketed by over-reliance upon the scientific method.

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