The scientific community is atwitter about recent reports documenting the sharp rise in retractions of articles published in scientific journals.
To wit, The New York Times published a chart this week showing that such retractions have increased from a mere three instances in 2000 to a whopping 180 in 2009.
The chart indicated that 235 of the articles retracted over that ten-year span were attributable to “scientific mistake.” Another 196 were attributable to “fraud or fabrication.” And the remaining 311 to “other.”
That brings to mind what arguably is history’s most glaring example of scientific mistake, fraud and fabrication all rolled into one:
Indeed, in a new study, published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers suggest they have found fresh evidence of the purported evolutionary link between apes and humans in nests built by orangutans inIndonesia.
“They are almost as complex as a man-made shelter you might make,” A. Roland Ennos, a researcher atBritain’sUniversityofManchester, told LiveScience, the science news website.
I’m not insinuating that Ennos and his colleagues fabricated their findings. I’m not accusing them of secretly tricking out the orangutans’ nest to make it look like a man-made crib.
I’m saying that they are so invested in the doctrine of evolution, they have twisted their putative “scientific” findings to fit that dubious doctrine.
Such pro-evolution scientific bias is not new. It’s been going on since Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species more than 150 years ago.
As it happens, this year marks the 100th anniversary of what many consider the greatest scientific hoax in history – the unveiling of the so-called “Piltdown Man,” the reputed fossilized skull of the “missing link” between apes and humans.
In 1953, four decades after its discovery, Piltdown Man was finally exposed as a forgery. The supposed fossil had been created by combining the lower jawbone of an orangutan with the skull of a modern, fully-developed human being.
Darwin’s disciples continue today to play fast and loose with science to make the case that God did not create man; that man evolved from ape.
The may not be as brazen as the Darwinist who manufactured Piltdown Man. But they are no less dishonest.