Numerous bloopers have yet to teach scientists "lessons"
A wise man once said:
"Don't assume anything—especially that experts know everything."
Of course, scientists are people, and people make mistakes.
But the problem comes when they forget just how mistake-prone they've been, when they fail to remember just how little they really know,
and when they promote themselves as infallible experts.
This unfortunate and all-too-common attitude has resulted in some humorous, and deadly, blunders.
Here are just a few of many possible examples...
12 examples of Science bloopers
Scientists were adamant that rocks could never fall from the sky—until meteors rained through the
newly built glass roof of the Louvre museum in Paris. Fortunately, a rock didn't have to hit an expert in the head before he got the point.
Then there's the Flat Earth theory, widely accepted by scientists of centuries past, who warned that folks who sailed too far
from shore might plunge off the earth's edge into a bottomless abyss of no return.
Then, after experts figured out the earth was actually a large ball suspended in space, Ptolemy near A.D. 150 managed to convince
scientists the earth was the absolute center of the universe. This hypothesis—sanctioned by experts for
almost 15 centuries—was so popular it was even embraced by the Roman Catholic Church, who took such offence at
nonconformists that some, who under torture refused to recant the "heretical doctrine," were burned alive at the stake.
Back then, questioning scientific tradition was serious business—just like it is today, when careers are often "burned at the stake"
in the event of opposition to establishmentarian thinking.
Take the case of Hungarian obstetrician Ignaz Phillip Semmelweiss, for example. Ignaz actually dared in the mid 1800's to propose
that physicians should start washing their hands. Ignaz believed doctors were responsible for
transferring germs from patient to patient—and that hand-washing would dramatically reduce the incidence of infectious diseases.
So, medical experts—undoubtedly offended by the insinuations they were killing people—proceeded to
ridicule and belittle Semmelweiss until he ultimately went insane and committed suicide.
Ignaz found out, the hard way, that opposing the establishment wasn't healthy for one's career and sometimes very bad for one's health.
He also discovered a disturbing truth that has been, sadly, a hallmark characteristic of experts through the ages.
It is this: To many experts, traditional thinking is often more important than truth.
Later, in the 1800s, men like Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch had to fight the medical establishment "tooth and nail" just to
get them to understand that tiny bacteria can actually cause deadly diseases.
One physician described Pasteur and Koch as "...heirs to centuries of [medical establishment] prejudice and stupidity."
And it wasn't that awfully long ago that doctors actually endorsed the gruesome practice of "bloodletting"—which involved
the draining of blood from a patient's body by cutting open the veins.
Blood was often captured in a shallow bowl until the patient became faint, at which time the procedure—and sometimes the
In fact George Washington—the first and perhaps most popular U.S. president—died in 1799 after being drained
by physicians of 9 pints of blood within 24 hours.
His only physical problem at the time? A throat infection.
Pardon the pun, but the leading experts of the day were "dead wrong."
And while modern doctors consider bloodletting, lobotomies, and other recent procedures mere quackery, I wonder what
they'll be saying a few years from now about radiation treatment, chemotherapy—and the most gruesome, cruel, and immoral practice
of them all: abortion?
And then come engineers.
Thomas Edison (1847-1931), one of the greatest inventors of all time (electric light, phonograph, etc), reportedly
insisted that alternating current would never work for the distribution of electricity (he was working on his own "dynamo"
direct current system of electricity distribution).
Turns out, this incredibly bright man was also incredibly wrong.
Later, when television was first invented, experts actually contended that TVs would never catch on and surpass radio's popularity.
After it happened, experts next predicted radio would soon become obsolete. Both theories were wrong.
Then, after color TV was invented, certain black and white TV proponents—and entertainers—were sure the new
invention would never surpass the "artistic touch" rendered by black and white TV.
And who could ever forget the engineers of the early 1900s who confidently insisted that not even God Himself could
sink the Titanic?
After sinking on its very first voyage, I suppose some of those poor victims, who spent their last night adrift in
the icy Atlantic waters, wondered why they'd actually believed these smart—and disastrously wrong—experts.
Finally, the miscalculations of scientists would not be complete without a brief mention of evolutionists,
who have—in their feverish efforts to fill in the cavernous Fossil Record—provided us a seemingly
endless "Error Record" of frauds and embarrassments.
One of the latest incidents was the shameful case of so-called "Piltdown Chicken." The
"chicken fossil"—proudly displayed by the National Geographic Society in 1999 as the elusive missing link between birds and
dinosaurs—had been concocted by an enterprising Chinese farmer who, using all-too-familiar evolutionary reconstructive imagination,
simply glued a bird fossil together with the remains of a nearby lizard tail.
Of course, the find was later revealed to be fraudulent, but not before experts had already
dubbed the "chicken" Archaeoraptor liaoningensis, purchased it for $80,000, and insured it for an astounding $1.6 million.
Worse even than exposed frauds are those that modern Experts refuse to remove from museums and textbooks worldwide (noticed later).
The conclusion to the matter of experts...
While many experts seem to be just "doing their best"—many others (especially evolutionists) habitually and blatantly ignore
obvious truths just to keep their favorite scientific (and religious) traditions in place—and their careers intact.
This approach has led to many embarrassing conclusions, prompting Nobel Prize winner James
Watson to say this about his scientific piers:
"[I realized that many scientists] unfailingly backed the wrong horses [and that]...in contrast to the popular conception supported
by newspapers and mothers of scientists, a goodly number of scientists are not only narrow-minded and dull, but also just [insert word here
meaning something to the effect of 'not possessing overwhelming mental faculties']."
Although Mr. Watson's statement was a bit blunt, you have to admit he did have a point.
Which is..."Don't assume anything—especially that experts know everything."
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