RE: [asa] Doubting science (creationist strawmen)

From: Dehler, Bernie <bernie.dehler@intel.com>
Date: Thu Dec 03 2009 - 10:50:53 EST

"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. "

And there is current and ongoing deceit on the creationist side (by Ray Comfort) in portraying these fossils as modern evolutionary evidence, then explaining how they don't apply (from his tracts). They are not the modern evidence for human fossils. He should talk about the modern fossils, rather than setting up very flammable strawmen to torch.

...Bernie

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From: asa-owner@lists.calvin.edu [mailto:asa-owner@lists.calvin.edu] On Behalf Of Jon Tandy
Sent: Wednesday, December 02, 2009 8:46 PM
To: 'AmericanScientificAffiliation'
Subject: [asa] Doubting science

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 evidences.

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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