When people learn no tools of judgment and merely follow their hopes, the seeds of political manipulation are sown.
I don't think academic writing ever was wonderful. However, science used to be much less specialized.
I dreamed of becoming a scientist, in general, and a paleontologist, in particular, ever since the Tyrannosaurus skeleton awed and scared me.
The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best - and therefore never scrutinize or question.
A lot of scientists hate writing. Most scientists love being in the lab and doing the work and when the work is done, they are finished.
There wasn't much technical terminology, and then, most academics are not trained in writing. And there is what is probably worse than ever before, the growing use of professional jargon.