Quote: Robert Laughlin on Anti-theories

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"Much of present-day biological knowledge is ideological. A key symptom of ideological thinking is the explanation that has no implications and cannot be tested. I call such logical dead ends antitheories because they have exactly the opposite effect of real theories: they stop thinking rather than stimulate it. Evolution by natural selection, for instance, which Charles Darwin originally conceived as a great theory, has lately come to function more as an antitheory, called upon to cover up embarrassing experimental shortcomings and legitimize findings that are at best questionable ...."

Robert B. Laughlin, A Different Universe New York, Basic Books, 2005, pp. 168-169.

(Robert Laugh won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1998)

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