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“Pseudoscience” sometimes just means research the tenure bores should have done but didn’t

And now they have to persecute everyone who did.

In “For Intelligent-Design Advocates, Lessons from the Debate over Continental Drift” (Evolution News & Views, June 14, 2012), Casey Luskin draws attention to

A new piece in Smithsonian Magazine, “When Continental Drift Was Considered Pseudoscience,” tells how scientists came to accept continental drift only after decades of rejecting the idea.

This story has long fascinated me, because I find the evidence for continental drift to be highly compelling, and because it’s a classic example of how the scientific community can radically change its mind. The article observes that “One hundred years ago, a German scientist was ridiculed for advancing the shocking idea that the continents were adrift.” As every student of geology learns, that scientist was Alfred Wegener (1880-1930). The “ridicule” he faced was pretty harsh:

Of course, the Smithsonian mag then hastens to assure everyone that Darwinism is quite different. (Otherwise the author wouldn’t get paid.)

Haw. Haw. Haw.

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6 Responses to “Pseudoscience” sometimes just means research the tenure bores should have done but didn’t

  1. Denyse,

    “Pseudoscience” sometimes just means research the tenure bores should have done but didn’t

    Do you think ID research is doing a good job looking into areas that mainstream scientists are ignoring? What’s your opinion on the focus of ID research at this time?

  2. Jerad, currently, the big problem is just getting good research that does not back up Darwinism (at this point, a cult) published, getting good people tenure, avoiding getting fired or defamed. But you know that perfectly well.

  3. Denyse,

    Yup, I know the problems. And many of them apply across the board.

    I was just wondering if you had a thought about the direction of the research that is going on.

  4. By the way, you must be a real night owl!! Do you do all your best work at stupid o’clock in the night? :-)

  5. You might wish to look at the work of the Biologic Institute.

  6. I did think of them . . . haven’t checked their site for a few months. But I will!!

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