Can Scientists Create a Cure for Pain From Scorpions, Spiders, and Centipedes?

Dalrymple draws a lesson from the pursuit of new anti-pain treatments:

Scientists are often portrayed as archetypally rational men, mere calculating machines in human form who propose correct new theories by infallible deduction from what is already known. Science cannot possibly advance in this way, however, and the philosopher Karl Popper pointed out long ago that leaps of the imagination are as necessary to science as they were to art.

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