But alternative ideas and views should be encouraged and developed – as they often drive innovation and the progress of science!
“Data do not speak for themselves but need to be interpreted within a framework or paradigm – a set of assumptions about the nature of reality. Disciplines tend to get captured by a ‘ruling’ paradigm that forms the unquestioned framework for interpreting data. Inconsistent data are typically disregarded using various rationalisations or accommodated by ad hoc ‘adjustments’. Aristotle’s geocentric paradigm for the solar system ‘ruled’ cosmology for centuries, despite the need for myriad ad hoc ‘adjustments’. It was eventually replaced with Newton’s centre-of-mass paradigm, but not before Galileo was deplatformed by contemporaneous peer review.”
Read more details of Dr. Jim Mason’s story here: https://www.premierchristianity.com/features/why-im-finally-a-young-earth-creationist/5327.article