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Polls: Rising number doubt honesty among scientists

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From Wintery Knight, here:

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of American Adults shows that 69% say it’s at least somewhat likely that some scientists have falsified research data in order to support their own theories and beliefs, including 40% who say this is Very Likely. Twenty-two percent (22%) don’t think it’s likely some scientists have falsified global warming data, including just six percent (6%) say it’s Not At All Likely. Another 10% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here .)

The number of adults who say it’s likely scientists have falsified data is up 10 points from December 2009.

Which has absolutely nothing to do with the extraordinary recent scandals in science, persecutions of dissenters, or abysmal failure of peer review.

No! It’s all to do with the fact that ignorant members of the public don’t have rational minds or free will.

The government needs to vote the people out of office and elect a new “pro-science” public that would never think they had any right to question such things.

Reminds me of this statement from Phillip Johnson in the Wall Street Journal: "When our leading scientists have to resort to the sort of distortion that would land a stock promoter in jail, you know they are in trouble." - Phillip Johnson commenting of the blatant distortion/omission of evidence Darwinists employ from cyclical micro-evolutionary events to try to establish macroevolution as true: The Church of Darwin By: Phillip E. Johnson The Wall Street Journal August 16, 1999 http://www.discovery.org/a/7 Further note: Darwinism In Ruins: THE TRUE STORY OF THE GALAPAGOS FINCHES http://www.darwinisminruins.com/5.html bornagain77
You are absolutely right. It has nothing to do with extraordinary recent scandals in science, persecutions of dissenters, or abysmal failure of peer review. This survey was about the science of global warming, not science in general. markf
I think that this has more things to do with the growing influence of scientist on politics (global warming, flu vaccine, etc...). People don't like being told what they should do or what they should believe. They, rightfully in my opinion, then turn against those who try to control their life: politicians, economists, scientists, priests, etc... Kyrilluk
David Berlinski once commented that scientists expect us to believe that they would rather be consumed at the stake than falsify data. He then suggests that this notion is fine for a PBS special on science, but has nothing to do with reality. GilDodgen

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