That is the scientific method

A rather sharp observation just possibly applicable to many academics, from Isaac Asimov’s Foundation. The speaking character has an affected issue with his -r’s.

Hardin remained silent for a short while. Then he said, “When did Lameth write his book?”

 “Oh — I should say about eight hundwed yeahs ago. Of cohse, he has based it lahgely on the pwevious wuhk of Gleen.”

 “Then why rely on him? Why not go to Arcturus and study the remains for yourself?”

 Lord Dorwin raised his eyebrows and took a pinch of snuff hurriedly. “Why, whatevah foah, my deah fellow?”

 “To get the information firsthand, of course.”

 “But wheah’s the necessity? It seems an uncommonly woundabout and hopelessly wigmawolish method of getting anywheahs. Look heah, now, I’ve got the wuhks of all the old mastahs — the gweat ahchaeologists of the past. I wigh them against each othah — balance the disagweements — analyze the conflicting statements — decide which is pwobably cowwect — and come to a conclusion. That is the scientific method. At least” — patronizingly –”as I see it. How insuffewably cwude it would be to go to Ahctuwus, oah to Sol, foah instance, and blundah about, when the old mastahs have covahed the gwound so much moah effectually than we could possibly hope to do.”

 Hardin murmured politely, “I see.”

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