There is one thing even more vital to science than intelligent methods; and that is, the sincere desire to find out the truth, whatever it may be.
Charles Sanders Pierce
I’m critical of the situation in Academia, esp. with the pyramid-scheme of dealing with the next generation of scientists. Or with the way research is frequently done, esp. in psychology. And depending on whom you follow on Twitter and which blogs you read, it can get depressing quickly.
So, it’s nice to get an occasional reminder what science is about: The Joy of Discovery. OpenCulture has a nice posting — The Touching Moment When Physicist Andrei Linde Learns That His Theories on the Big Bang Were Finally Validated — showing this video:
As much as the current implementation of science sucks, I think these moments and these insights are worth it. 🙂