… has groupthink led us down the wrong path for the last 40 years?
The pressure for conformity is enormous. I have experienced it in editors’ rejection of submitted papers, based on venomous criticism of anonymous referees. The replacement of impartial reviewing by censorship will be the death of science.
[A]s a person who was in the field, I would say I did not see much flexibility in accepting new ideas. I am sure the next Einstein is already changed his field to “finance” or something else.
In his essay "Are You A Pirate?" Michael Arrington uses a pirate analogy, which works surprisingly well for the physics community. It goes like this: