Of course it's easy to magnanimously and very publicly admit to a trivial calibration error. A set of positive empirical data points went through numerical conversion to accidentally start at -1 instead of 0.
I very much worry that theoretical physics has allowed the intrusion of a whole lot of religious thinking, with its reliance on precedent, the Word of Authority, hero worship and historical revisionism.
No one is ever gonna declare the heretofore much ballyhooed String "Theory" a dead science because it never was a science. And yet it's still always lumped in with science. Why? We only weaken the position of strong empiricism, like we do see in the mountains of evidence behind a real science such as the Theory of Evolution, when the demarcation borders are allowed to become so fuzzy.
Every pop account of relativity continues to talk about the successes of "Einstein's theory..." even as we've moved long past that silly old 20th Century era of Great Man hero worship with Charlie Chaplin, Charles Lindbergh, Sigmund Freud, Winston Churchill, Hitler, Einstein and yada yada. It's a matter of transparent public record that the observational, philosophical and mathematical principles of relativity theory were first introduced and published by Poincare and Lorentz, later polished and presented without attribution by Einstein. Weird little world we inhabit.
We've been looking for "Dark Matter" for 75 years to explain misbehaving galaxy rotations and thus force those anomalous rotations into conforming with our theoretical physics. For how long do we do this?
Now I'm gonna go out on a limb. Notice that a pair of LIGO gravitational wave "sightings" from a year-and-a-half ago, spaced months apart, were flamboyantly announced just after Advanced LIGO startup. Statistically it seems there should have been about a half dozen or a dozen similar findings since then. So were those first two announcements based on genuine events whose causation is properly attributed in science? Or answered prayers?