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A convention manager shows up in Moscow to finalize hotel accommodations for the expected conference attendees and is told he can only have half the number of rooms originally promised. The hotel manager has found a better deal for these rooms. ‘But we have a contract’ ‘Then sue me’  Munger, Mike (2010). Munger on Many Things (EconTalk) (question #6 at timestamp 35:12)

…the past century has been the one and only century ... to have produced mostly scientists rather than philosopher-scientists. Consequently, many contemporary scientists cannot defend science's credibility from various intellectual attacks, and they cannot optimize the methods and productivity of their own research programs. Weakness in scientific method is costly, wasting research dollars and compromising competitive advantage ... who will harness the world's most advanced scientific thinking to develop successful theories and innovative products ... a disproportionately large share of future development will come from those scientists who have mastered their specialties like everyone else but who also have mastered the basics of science's philosophy and method. Gauch, H. G. (2003). Scientific method in practice

… a legitimate hallmark [of creative endeavors] is unexpected behavior that leads to deeper understanding of the system or relationships to other phenomena not heretofore considered relevant to the system. Foote, Richard (2007). Mathematics and Complex Systems