An article in the Independent
James Lovelock: We need lone scientistsThe creator of the Gaia Theory has also been a prolific inventor. Now in his 95th year, James Lovelock mourns the passing of the golden age of solitary scientific genius
If Science is a movement of willingness for the uncovering of truth - then there are no failures excepting to being distracted or diverted by the alternative; the investment of energy and attention in what is not true as if it was.
Yet that is not science in the true sense of a movement of living curiosity but scientism that has - as it were - become entangled in its own ego - or sense of itself as power unto itself.
The idea of peer group is the idea of witnesses. But if enough people share the same psychological defence bias (in self-protective ego-identification), even 99% consensus holds no more validity in the uncovering of truth than a 'loner' who has dared to step out or not be silenced by the 'consensual reality'.
To love the truth is not to own, define or control it - but to be free of the identification in such delusions enough to discern one from the other and be open to it.
Thus 'working models' are not confused with Reality.
A humbler and much more participative appreciation of Consciousness Itself, and human consciousness as a construct within it, remains available to a curiosity to challenge the 'truths' that exhibit the qualities of fear, guilt and control mentality. The dark ages are a symbol of asserting a false light - in whatever day and age.