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Now there are four chief obstacles in grasping truth, which hinder every man, however learned, and scarcely allow anyone to win a clear title to learning, namely, submission to faulty and unworthy authority, influence of custom, popular prejudice, and the concealment of our own ignorance accompanied by an ostentatious display of our knowledge. --Roger Bacon, c. 1214-1292; The Opus Majus of Roger Bacon (written in 1267), Part 1, Translated by Robert Belle Burke (1928, Reprint 2002)
We are all liable to error, but we love the truth, and speak only what at the time we think to be the truth; and ought not take offence when proved to be in error, since the error is not intentional, but be a little humbled, and so turn the correction of the error to good account. --Michael Faraday, in a letter to Carlo Matteuchi (1855). The Correspondence of Michael Faraday, Volume 5, 1855-1860, Edited by Frank A J L James (2008)