Ace of Ace of Spades was talking about nutrition, but it fits in a bunch of other situations, too:
When no one knows what the hell they’re talking about it’s a wide open field for paradigm-changing new studies.
This is particularly apropos in, say, politics, which is littered with the wreckage of permanent realignments and demographic destinies and fundamental changes in the system… and all of which typically didn’t do more than just set up the winners of Election n to be hit in the face with a metaphorical two-by-four in Election n+1*. Sorry: I’ve just finished my sixth election cycle, and I’m not any more convinced about the game-changing nature of it than I should have been about the last five. Or the upcoming seventh. Or the upcoming twenty-seventh, God willing.
*Note the italics. That there is some scientific-looking italic-flavored notation there, thank you very much.