The Religion of Science

I kid you not, the following two excerpts are from the same Nature.com article (http://www.nature.com/news/university-sued-after-firing-creationist-fossil-hunter-1.16281), on the topic of a university professor (Mark Artimage) who was allegedly fired for espousing a “Creationist” view (based on scientific evidence):

‘Science is about building hypotheses and then attempting to falsify them,’ he [paleontologist Jack Horner] says. ‘Creation science or any kind of pseudoscience is just the opposite. It is coming up with an idea or a notion or anything else and finding evidence to support it.'”

Oh really? Is this dichotomy between “science” and “pseudoscience” genuine? Later in the article, Justine Lisser, a spokesperson for the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, explains why it would be hard for Armitage to win a law-suit to get his job back based on his claims of discrimination, because the firing institution need not reinstate someone if it would cause the institution “undue hardship,” which would be the case here. Why?

If Armitage made his living bending metal in a machine shop, an employer would find it difficult to show how his views caused undue hardship, she says. But in an academic setting, telling biology or palaeontology students that life began only a few thousand years ago more clearly undermines the institution’s goals.”

Oh… Now I get it. Since the GOAL of the ACADEMIC INSTITUTION is to espouse that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago, any evidence to the contrary is inadmissible, since it falsifies their hypothesis. It doesn’t support their preconceived “idea or notion.” But this is the exact OPPOSITE of “science” according to the earlier quoted scientist. No, as a matter of fact, the earlier-stated dichotomy between “science” and “pseudoscience” is a false one. There is no question that many people are dishonest in their cherry-picking (or misrepresentation) of evidence in support of their views, but scientists are no less guilty of the same. It’s time for scientists to get off their high horse.

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