Oh, it’s very difficult to concede that you were mistaken about something. Especially, I would say, for males.
Trilobites look up silently from their Burgess Shale rock slabs, with sad eyes, asking, “Where did I come from?”
Think, for example, of the late Stephen Hawking and how his fevered pronouncements in his final years were received.
Dawes and Smith say they’re simply describing (as a “matter of fact”) the history of science.
Most of us think of science as the enterprise of seeking truth by formulating hypotheses and testing them against the evidence. This is empirical science.