My neighbor across the street is a medical researcher and pediatric hospitalist. While talking with him yesterday, he mentioned a research report that was recently published that debunks seven myths that most of us have heard...and probably perpetuated. The researchers found that the myths (see below) have been passed down for generations, in some cases, with little questioning of the "evidence" to support them.
People should drink at least eight glasses of water a day We use only 10% of our brains Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death Shaving hair causes it to grow back faster, darker, or coarser Reading in dim light ruins your eyesight Eating turkey makes people especially drowsy Mobile phones create considerable electromagnetic interference in hospitals.
In every case, robust and multitudinous evidence actually exists to contradict these health myths, yet even doctors continue to propagate them.
It is therefore not very surprising that the software industry has its own myths about open source that it spews irresponsibly, even in the face of compelling evidence to the contrary. It's worth noting a few.… Read more