On Fri, 26 Jul 1996, Ed Conrad wrote:
> From: Ed Conrad <edconrad at prolog.net>
> Newgroups: bionet.molbio.evolution
>> The latest edition of ``Nature," the so-called respected journal,
> rolled off the press today and once again it features a story that
> really should have appeared in a child's book of fairy tales.
> Yet the editors at the Allentown (Pa.) Morning Call -- same as those
> at newspapers across the continent -- made it a sound like it was
> based on solid fact by deciding it warranted a glowing -- but totally
> erroneous -- headline:
>> > FOSSIL FIND ILLUMINATES
> > MAN'S APE ANCESTOR
>> > Discovery helps fill gaps in what happened
> > to humanity's ancestors between about 18
> > million and 5 million years ago
>> The article describes the discovery in Turkey of ``a fossil ape face"
> by a team of anthropologists and researchers who call it
> ankarapithecus meteai, a 60-pound, fruit-eating ape.
>> Without any basis in fact, they refer to it as ``a cousin" of man and
> say it will tell us more than we now know about the common ancestor of
> humans and the great apes (which is absolute zero).
>> The article even quoted bullshit artist David Pilbeam of Harvard
> University as saying, ``There are so few specimens that are as
> complete as this," adding that the discovery makes ``a significant
> increment in our knowledge."
>> It seems only fiiting and proper to resurrect the heads-on quotation
> which shined like a beacon in ``The Velikovsky Affair: The Warfare
> Between Science and Scientism" . . .
>> > ``The easiest ploy is to impress upon editors
> > that only scientists -- and preferably selected
> > members of the establishment -- are competent
> > to judge scientific theories. And, since science
> > is an important source of news of interest to
> > the general public, editors are not inclined to
> > reject such advice."
Yeah - this is one of the reasons why science has gone wrong in some areas
- it is not now P.C. to criticize, because w/o being a "scientist" in
whatever field of study, you are no longer a valid critic. Reminds me of
a certain discussion here about the definition of evolution and it's
common use et al.
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