. . . we sometimes ascribe . . . intolerant behavior to religious prejudice – as though
there had been a clean break, with scientists all arrayed under the white banner of truth while the forces of obscurantism parade under the black flag of prejudice.
The truth is better, if less appealing. Like other members of the human race, scientists are capable of prejudice. They have occasionally persecuted other scientists, and they have not always been able to see that an old theory, given a hairsbreadth twist, might open an entirely new vista to the human reason.
Loren Eiseley, from “The Firmament of Time” (Atheneum Publishers, 1962)
Gee, Who Knew?