Be your own expert. That way, if you're wrong, you're wrong :D

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“… after a few more flashes in the pan, we shall hear very little more of Edison or his electric lamp. Every claim he makes has been tested and proved impracticable.” [New York Times, January 16, 1880]
“Professor Goddard … does not know the relation of action to reaction … he only seems to lack the knowledge ladled out daily in our high schools” [New York Times, January 13, 1920]
“Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible.” [Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895]
“Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value.” [Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre]
“I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” [Thomas Watson, chairman IBM, 1943]
“There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” [Ken Olson, Chairman and founder Digital Equipment Corp., 1977]
“640K ought to be enough for anybody.” [Bill Gates, 1981]
“Fooling around with alternating current is just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever.” [Thomas Edison, 1889]

“There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will.” [Albert Einstein, 1932]
The energy produced by the atom is a very poor kind of thing. Anyone who expects a source of power from the transformation of these atoms is talking moonshine” [Ernst Rutherford, 1933]
“We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.” [Decca Recording Co. turning down the Beatles, 1962]
“I would sooner believe that two Yankee professors lied, than that stones fell from the sky” [Thomas Jefferson, on hearing the report of a meteorite fall]

Louis Pasteur‘s theory of germs is ridiculous fiction.” [Pierre Pachet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, 1872]
“[W]hen the Paris Exhibition closes electric light will close with it and no more be heard of.” – Erasmus Wilson (1878) Professor at Oxford University
“This `telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a practical form of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us.” – Western Union internal memo, 1878

Radio has no future.” – Lord Kelvin (1824-1907), British mathematician and physicist, ca. 1897.
“Rail travel at high speed is not possible because passengers, unable to breathe, would die of asphyxia.” – Dr. Dionysus Lardner (1793-1859), Professor of Natural Philosophy and Astronomy at University College, London.

~Steve~                 H/T  May

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0 responses to “Be your own expert. That way, if you're wrong, you're wrong :D

  1. Lord save us from the experts and cynics and open our eyes to the wonders and blessings that unfold before us.

     
  2. Yeah, New York Slimes is usually wrong on most issues…

     

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