Junk Science & Bogus Studies
"At Least the Biotech Terrorists Are Consistent ... They're Always Wrong."
Thus proclaimed an article by Steve Milloy, the author of Junk Science
Judo: Self-defense Against Health Scares and Scams (Cato Institute, 2001)
and publisher of JunkScience.com.* Milloy
charges that exaggerated and mistaken worldwide headlines regarding
allergies supposedly caused by bio-engineered corn continue a pattern of
misreported scientific findings that support a political agenda.
Scientists and researchers find themselves clarifying or refuting articles
and books that misconstrue and even blatantly misrepresent their findings
for political and social purposes. The busy layperson subjected to this
deluge of interpretations is placed in the impossible position of
discerning the truth. Some opt for a nearly all-pervasive cynicism as a
coping strategy. We offer a bit of perspective on a few important issues.
Some examples: the well-known and thoroughly debunked 10 percent claim
(still used widely by homosexual activists) promulgated by Kinsey in the
1940s. Blatant uses of discredited theses like the peppered moth as proof
of evolution by natural selection continue to darken the pages of
textbooks, despite wide and repeated criticism. The "population explosion"
myth of the 1970s lives on. Evangelical Christians sometimes overreact in
such a way as to fall for crackpot theories. And scientists, overwhelmed by
the information overload brought on by the digital revolution, find it
difficult to resist jumping on popular research programs. We present these
issues in depth in our Special Focus.
—Byron Barlowe, Editor/Webmaster, Leadership University
Evangelicals and Crackpot Science
Robert C. Newman
Because of the tension which has developed between the scientific
and the evangelical communities in the past century and a half, Bible
believers are often (rightly or wrongly) suspicious of the discoveries and
theorizing of modern science. This has led to a rather widespread
attraction to theories viewed as crackpot by scientists and other educated
people. Some examples are discussed and strategies proposed to protect
Christians from looking unnecessarily foolish before the watching world.
Second Thoughts about Peppered Moths
"Every student of biological evolution learns about peppered moths. The
dramatic increase in dark forms of this species during the industrial
revolution, and experiments pointing to differential bird predation as the
cause, have become the classical story of evolution by natural selection.
The same careful scientific approach which established the classical story
in the first place, however, has now revealed major flaws in it.
It... should no longer be presented as a textbook example of evolution in
action. If the purpose of science education is to teach students how to do
good science, then instead of re-telling the classical story textbooks
would do better to focus on how science revealed its flaws."
Upholding Accuracy in Science Journalism: PBS Misses the Mark
Regarding the PBS special entitled Evolution and its treatment of "the God
question," Chuck Colson writes, "Your tax dollars help pay for public
broadcasting. A full and accurate debate serves the cause of truth.
Anything less is propaganda from a worldview that has already lost much of
It was once fashionable to speak of a "population explosion." The
popularity of this phrase has receded. The reasoning behind it, however, is
still used in powerful circles. The author examines the claims that
underlie the population movement.
Homosexuality Is Not Inherited, and Science Fiction Solutions Won't Help
A letter written by Richard Fitzgibbons, M.D. and NARTH member to the
Washington Times published January 24, 1997.
The Gay Youth Suicide Myth
The rate of suicide has nearly tripled among young people since 1965.
Efforts to discover the root causes of this epidemic of self-inflicted
violence must be dispassionate and free of politics. However, homosexual
activists have manipulated this national tragedy to promote their political
The Fire in the Equations: Science, Religion, and the Search for God
Review by Stephen M. Barr
"Kitty Ferguson has a gift for explaining abstruse scientific ideas with
homely analogies, and her accounts are on the whole quite accurate, in
spite of the fact that she is not trained as a scientist. She is not as
sure-footed, however, when it comes to the implications of scientific
theories." Barr gives insight into one example of the difficulty
journalists and popular writers have in interpreting complex issues for
ordinary people (i.e., non-specialists).
The Second Time as Farce: Galileo Redux
Carson critiques the current trend--especially by Vice President Al Gore
and certain environmentalists--toward blaming the weather on man-made, not
The Web as Dictator of Scientific Fashion
A few scientists...are now saying what would have sounded not only
retrograde but also deeply uncool just a few years ago: The World Wide Web
and cheap satellite communications have brought trouble as well as
opportunity to the scientific enterprise.
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