January 30, 2006

TAKE THE FRAUDS AND THEY'VE NOTHING LEFT:

The Relative Longevity of Science Frauds (Sallie Baliunas, 30 Jan 2006, Tech Central Station)

The fabricated evidence on human stem cells published by Hwang Woo-suk and colleagues had a life shorter than two years as scientific fact. In contrast, the infamous hominid remains of Piltdown Man announced in 1912 stood as real for nearly 40 years.

Heck, kids are still taught the Peppered Moth fraud and that finches speciated on the Galapagos.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 30, 2006 8:24 AM
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Many HS biology textbooks still show the illustration of Eohippus -> Equus -> the modern horse. It originated from an exhibit at the Chicago Field Museum. About 15(?) years ago they pulled the exhibit and replaced it with a small poster that basically says "oops we got it wrong."

Posted by: Gideon at January 30, 2006 3:04 PM

How about the global cooling fraud in the '70s and the global warming fraud since then, for at least two decades?

Posted by: ic at January 30, 2006 3:42 PM

Nah, the Bernoullie Principle for flight, that an airfoil produces life because of the different velocity (and thence pressure) of the airflows on the top and bottom of the airfoil. That turns out to be simply made up and have no correspondence with reality.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at January 30, 2006 4:14 PM

AOG: I've always wondered about that since I first saw airplanes flying inverted without any apparent problems with lift. Thanks for the link.

Posted by: jd watson [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 30, 2006 11:27 PM

Orrin, I thought you had accepted micro-evolution via natural selection.

The finches are a perfect example of it. Where's the fraud?

Posted by: creeper at January 31, 2006 5:00 AM

Except they aren't separate species--microevolution isn't Evolution, just breeding.

Posted by: oj at January 31, 2006 7:18 AM
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