[asa] Doubting science

From: Jon Tandy <tandyland@earthlink.net>
Date: Wed Dec 02 2009 - 23:46:10 EST

I'm wondering if there isn't an analogy between the current "Climategate
scandal" and a few high profile scandals in the evolution debate. In
particular, there was the so-called "faking" of moths pinned to trees for
purposes of photographing samples, when in reality Kettlewell's experiments
don't show evidence of fraud (and have been duplicated by subsequent
experiments). Then there were the fake fossils (Piltdown man, for instance)
which are still trumpeted by anti-evolutionists as evidence that the whole
establishment of evolution is similarly fraught with scandal and deceit.
Yet despite these appalling examples of moral and ethical failure, there is
a tremendous amount of evidence from multiple lines of investigation that
can't be swept away by reference to a few questionable or even falsified


It seems that an unhealthy anti-science mentality is just perpetuated by the
hysterical or polarizing reactions to such scientific frauds, deplorable
though they may be.



Jon Tandy


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