"Good scientists, almost by definition, tend towards the contrarian and ornery,
and nothing gives them more pleasure than holding to an unconventional idea
in the face of opposition. Indeed, orneriness and contrarianism are something
of currency for science — nobody wants to have an idea that everyone else has too...
Humility and empathy come less easily to most scientists, most certainly including me,
than pride and self-confidence, but perhaps for that very reason
they are the virtues we should pursue", 'dangerous idea', edge.org