John Byl on the neutrality of scientific publications…

If something is found in a scientific journal, it’s often assumed that it’s now “true”.  I’ve often had interactions with people on origins issues (i.e. evolution) and found that there’s an almost entirely blind trust in technical journals and scientific publications.  If an evolutionary scientist has a published paper on the topic at hand, he’s an assumed expert and is, by default, right.  If a Creation scientist has written a hundred papers that aren’t “published” in a mainstream journal, he’s immediately presumed an imbecile and is wrong, no matter what he says, because he’s not a “real” scientist.

John Byl, professor of mathematics at Trinity Western University, writes here on the trustworthiness of published scientific data and demonstrates the sheer silliness of worshiping the priesthood of the PhD and their religious texts (i.e. scientific journals).  Just because something is published in Nature, Scientific American, or the Journal of Biological Chemistry, it may not be reliable.  *Gasp*

Interesting thoughts and definitely something a-typical, and it’s a refreshing read.

Until Next Time,

Lyndon “The Armchair Skeptic of Skepticism” Unger

Advertisements

Share your thoughts

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s