Jon Carroll on the Galileo problem:
My correspondents seem to be taken with the image of the lone scientist battling for truth against the bigwigs and their lackeys. “They laughed at Edison,” one told me. Maybe so. They also laughed at a lot of people who turned out to be laughable. Being laughed at is not necessarily a sign of intelligence.
“They laughed at Galileo. They laughed at Newton. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.” — Carl Sagan