Academics, PCT, Influence, spread of PCT, etc

From Phil Runkel on 8 April in reply to Powers's of 6 April

        Well, if my memory of the stories is right, JS Bach was neglected
for a maybe half a century or more until Mendelssohn spent a lot of time
noising his music about. And I guess Mendel's work with the peas was
ignored for a century. Sorry to be so gloomy.

        But as to it being impossible for someone to take up PCT if he or
she has been propagandized for half a lifetime by the establishment, well,
dear William, how about your friend Marken, who was very "well" trained
but shook himself loose and had to undergo the agony of tearing himself
out of a profession he had dearly wanted to love?

        How about me? It was easier for me than for Marken, because I
was a full professor, tenured, and didn't have to worry about getting
fired or not getting promoted. And few of my colleagues paid my ideas any
any attention anyway (true for most academics I've known). Be that as it
may, I had profited from being an "expert" in the traditional way of
thinking, wrote a methods text, and that kind of thing. So it brought me
turmoil to tear out those old ideas. But I think I cleaned out that part
of my brain pretty well. I still encounter some old cobwebs, of course.

        I don't know Bourbon's early history, or Ed Ford's, but they
must have undergone some similar wrenching. And Cziko? McPhail?