Yes, it does sometimes happen that an outsider with special expertise brings something new to a field that scholars hadn’t figured out yet. Most of the time, though, if you’re wondering: “Why haven’t the experts thought of this?” it’s because they have, they realized it was wrong, and moved on.

3 thoughts on “Orthodoxy

  1. This is pretty much how I interact with people. Them: “Well what about X, huh? Betcha never thought of X!” Me: “Oh FFS, have you ever even read anything with endnotes???”

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