Although creationists have absolutely nothing to show for their endless prattling about the evils and uselessness of science compared to the imaginary value of creationist (and intelligent design) mythology, they persist in promoting their nonsense. One of their techniques is to seize upon any errors in scientific work, proclaiming such to be typical of all science, and rock-solid evidence that science is worthless.
They never mention that: (1) it’s always scientists, not creationists, who discover and correct such errors; (2) actual instances of scientific fraud are career-killers; (3) creationists never correct each other or retract anything, no matter how crazy their claims may be; and (4) regardless of their idiocy, there are no creationist career-stoppers — their careers continue forever.
A good example of this creationist anti-science tactic is the latest post at the Discovery Institute’s blog by David Klinghoffer, their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. It’s titled People Are Starting to See Scientists the Way They Really Are. Oooooooh! He says, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
The public used to see politicians in far more exalted terms than they do now. The same fate befell the clergy. Now it’s scientists.
Oh dear. The public is waking up to the scam of science. We’re told that:
Dr. Ivan Oransky, MD, of Retraction Watch gets a delicious write-up from Forbes:
Here’s the Forbes article he’s talking about: Bad Science Muckrakers Question the Big Science Status Quo. We’ll overlook the way Klinghoffer precedes Oransky’s name with “Dr.” and follows it with “MD.” The About Ivan Oransky page at his website is impressive, and he doesn’t appear to be a flake at all. So why is Klinghoffer quoting him? According to the poo-flinger, Forbes says:
Oransky is raising awareness of the impact that competition for grants and career advancement is having on the quality of the science being produced. Far from being above the fray and immune to corrupting influences, “Scientists are just as human as anyone else,” says Oransky. And increasingly, “People are starting to see scientists the way they really are.”
Okay. No one doubts that scrambling for government handouts is a demeaning activity. What does Klinghoffer make of it? Let’s read on:
When we say things like that, they say we’re “anti-science.” No, just pro-realism about scientists.
[*Sigh*] Actually, Klinghoffer, you and your comrades are anti-science. Yes, it’s true, some science papers need to be retracted, and some scientists (but not very many) do misbehave. How does that compare to the creationist track record of having no creationist articles published — except in your own captive journals? Creationists’ papers are such obvious junk that they rarely get to the point where they need to be retracted — but it sometimes happens, e.g., the paper by the Discoveroids’ own Stephen C. Meyer, resulting in the Sternberg peer review controversy.
Also quoted [by Forbes], Dr. Thomas Stossel of Harvard Medical School:
[Klinghoffer’s mined quote:] “I realized how fundamentally honest business people are compared to my academic colleagues, who’d run their grandmothers over for recognition.”
When you read the article Klinghoffer’s quoting, you’ll see that Stossel isn’t saying that scientists are fundamentally dishonest — ambitious, yes, but not dishonest. What he’s really saying is that his eyes were opened to how basically honest business people are, compared to what he had believed in his isolated academic life when he was a “typical academic socialist.” How does that help to make Klinghoffer’s case? It doesn’t.
So what’s the conclusion of Klinghoffer’s post? Here it comes:
As for non-scientists who have not yet been disabused of their childlike faith, one can only say: Growing up is hard to do.
We see it differently. First of all, very few science papers need to be retracted. Some of those are due to error, and yes, some small percentage is due to fraud. However, the fraudsters aren’t typical scientists. Rather, such people behave like creationists, and it’s entirely proper that their once-promising careers end in infamy.
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