Scientists Falsify Research Results - Past and Present
Question: Are scientists honest, objective researchers? Some are, but consider …
Piltdown Man Hoax: Perpetrated in 1912, the Piltdown Man Hoax led to erroneous pictures in textbooks for 70+ years of man-kind’s supposed ape-like ancestors. Last summer one of our family camp participants reported the museum they visited in route to our Creation Vacation still had their Piltdown Man display! 100 years of fraud?
Biogenetic Law fraud: As reported in Think & Believe (2007, vol. 25, #1) Ernst Haeckel was actually called before a board of examiners and chastised for fudging the data. His Biogenetic law concept was supported with fraudulent pictures showing similarities of human embryos to those of fish, pig, chicken, etc. This was his attempt to demonstrate our “ancestry” with animals. Although discredited 100 years ago, his drawing are still in currently published textbooks which are used in the classroom today to promote evolution.
Stem Cell Fraud: South Korean stem-cell researcher, Woo Suk Hwang, was “the centre of one of the largest investigations of scientific fraud in living memory.” Hwang was discredited by his own home research institution, Seoul National University for presenting fraudulent data. Nature reported, “The revelation has destroyed the best evidence so far that stem cells can be extracted from a clone matched to a specific patient. With Hwang discredited, both the field of therapeutic cloning and the public's trust in science have suffered a serious setback.” (Nature, 1-11-2006)
Scientists Invent Results:Times Online (June 4, 2009) headline reports that “One in seven scientists say colleagues fake data.” That figure applies to serious breaches of “acceptable conduct by inventing results.” The article went on to say that “46 per cent say that they have observed fellow scientists engage in ‘questionable practices’, such as presenting data selectively or changing the conclusions of a study in response to pressure from a funding source.”
ClimateGate: Washington Times (Nov 20, 24 etc, 2009) reported on potential fraud relating to global warming turned up by hackers breaking into the e-mails from the Climate Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in England. “Those e-mails involved communication among many scientific researchers and policy advocates with similar ideological positions all across the world. Those purported authorities were brazenly discussing the destruction and hiding data that did not support global-warming claims.” If investigations confirm that climate data has been hidden which negates the currently “politically correct” global warming hysteria, as well as the attempt to silence the “dissenters,” this would likely become the biggest scandal ever perpetrated on the whole world (climate-gate?). This is coming soon after recent reports Al Gore has come under attack for exaggerating and falsifying data relating to global warming, and even congress raking him over the coals in congressional hearings including the multi-millions of dollars he stands to gain from it. Add to that the thousands of scientists who disagree with the interpretations of the data, but have not been allowed the platform to contest it. We have contended for years that the goal behind all of this extreme environmentalism is a push toward a one world government. Be aware!
By Dave Nutting
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