Ideas

find their time.

I saw some papers at conferences over the summer with more modern models of old ideas. Not really new, nor better in any quantitive way. The authors’ status drove the acceptance of the main idea in the paper. Now I think people will take the ideas seriously, even though the earlier papers were not taken seriously. (And by the authors’ stature, I mean positions at snooty schools.)
I don’t know if it is just evidence of the lack of new ideas in the field, or evidence that people have short memories, or evidence that with enough stature, you can’t be shot down. Or even that persistence pays, once you have a foothold.  Just keep writing papers, and you get breaks.

Initial conditions matter. A lot.

I have probably written the same point in here somewhere before.

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