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Comment author: David_Althaus 20 January 2017 05:53:16PM 0 points [-]

Otoh, a few decades later handwashing did become mainstream. So I'd think that correct and clearly useful models have a great advantage in becoming adopted eventually. Good strategy/movement building is more relevant for hastening the rate of adoption.

To take another example: Communism profited from extremely good strategy/movement building at the beginning (Engels being one of the first EtGlers ever). But it ultimately failed to become widely accepted because it brought about bad consequences. Admittedly, it's still pretty popular, probably because it appeals to human intuitions (such as anti-market bias, etc.)