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Trends Biochem Sci. 2010 Mar;35(3):125-8. doi: 10.1016/j.tibs.2009.12.004. Epub 2010 Jan 21.

Mental inertia in the biological sciences.

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Cure Lab, Inc., 43 Rybury Hillway, Needham, MA 02492, USA. ashneider@curelab.com

Abstract

Often, new discoveries are not made at the moment when all of the necessary techniques and background knowledge become available. Instead, they are delayed as a result of mental inertia unrecognized by the scientist and/or the scientific community. In this paper, I introduce and classify various types of mental inertia that are common in science, using examples from the field of biology.

PMID:
20093032
DOI:
10.1016/j.tibs.2009.12.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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