This is Clarke’s First Law:
When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.
— Arthur C. Clarke
Asimov’s Corollary is so obviously applicable to creationism and its inbred offspring, Intelligent Design creationism, that no explanation seems necessary.
When, however, the lay public rallies round an idea that is denounced by distinguished but elderly scientists and supports that idea with great fervor and emotion — the distinguished but elderly scientists are then, after all, probably right.
— Isaac Asimov’s Corollary to Clarke’s First Law
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