Famous Authorities Can Be Blind
You’re in good company if you’re skeptical about new things. History is filled with experts whose belief systems were closed to new innovations that later became accepted fact.
"The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?" -- David Sarnoff's associates in response to his urgings for investment in the radio in the 1920s.
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
-- Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943.
"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" -- H. M. Warner, Warner Brothers, 1927
“Dr. _____________, superintendent of schools, after reading the homepage of The School Behavior Solution in 2011, was convinced the claims were impossible, even though he passed up a chance to ask DeSanto any questions or schedule a free meeting and demonstration. By 2020, most private U.S. schools had instituted this method. Public Schools lag far behind as they always have.
"We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."
-- Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
"It will be years -- not in my time -- before a woman will become Prime Minister."
-- Margaret Thatcher, 1974.
"The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives."
-- Admiral William Leahy, U.S. Atomic Bomb Project.
"Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value."
-- Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.
"The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon." -- Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed Surgeon-- Extraordinary to Queen Victoria 1873.
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