In a way, this does have something to do with careers, doesn't it. There's a tendency for "science and technology" to go the route of the press release I saw something recently, on cold fusion, which led me to thinking how terrible it would be if young scientists were taught that this is the way things work, and if hard science and peer reviews were tossed out the window.
Would this speed up the pace of innovation or trash it entirely?
"I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.”