They say that breaking up is hard to do, but what's infinitely harder is to admit when you're wrong. When somebody publicly issues a heartfelt mea culpa, many people wrongly celebrate with an "I told you so" dance. However, that's not the proper response. Celebrating is okay, as long as we celebrate the "conversion" and welcome the person into the fold.
Wow! That takes guts. He goes on:I want to start with some apologies. For the record, here and upfront, I apologise for having spent several years ripping up GM crops. I am also sorry that I helped to start the anti-GM movement back in the mid 1990s, and that I thereby assisted in demonising an important technological option which can be used to benefit the environment.As an environmentalist, and someone who believes that everyone in this world has a right to a healthy and nutritious diet of their choosing, I could not have chosen a more counter-productive path. I now regret it completely.
Changing your mind when the data doesn't support your opinion is vital not only to being a good scientist or journalist, but a good human being. Indeed, as RealClearScience assistant editor Ross Pomeroy wrote, it is one of the keys to life. Because many facts have a half-life, all of our opinions should be subject to change. Besides, as astrophysicist Ethan Siegel correctly noted, there is tremendous power in admitting that you're wrong.What happened...that made me not only change my mind but come here and admit it? Well, the answer is fairly simple: I discovered science, and in the process I hope I became a better environmentalist.