Re: [asa] Doubting science

From: Michael Roberts <>
Date: Thu Dec 03 2009 - 16:59:17 EST

We need to say it LOUD AND CLEAR THAT THERE WAS NO FRAUD OVER THE PEPPERED MOTHS. (Capitals deliberate as I am shouting.) Those who claim that are blatant liars or repeating blatant lies.

Piltdown was a great hoax - met one of the suspects in his 80s. I wish I had done it:)

To add to them there was an Indian palaeontologist who published lots of fraudulent papers until he was rumbled by an Australian - typical of an Oz.

Scientific fraud is fairly rare

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Jon Tandy
  To: 'AmericanScientificAffiliation'
  Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2009 4:46 AM
  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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