Monday, August 07, 2006

Honesty Is Such a Lonely Word

Part of the Darwin exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History contains this statement:
The theory of evolution still persists today much as Darwin first described it, and is universally accepted by scientists.

It is hard to believe that those who put the exhibit together were not aware of the growing number of scientists who have significant doubts about the theory. It is hard to believe that they are not aware that even leading proponents of the theory, like Simon Conway Morris, recognize that serious questions have been raised by reputable scientists. Why the need to make such an absolute statement that is so clearly inaccurate?

Krauze has another excellent post about the gross error in the Karen Armstrong article in The Guardian. It seems that, as of the writing of this post, The Guardian has not bothered to post a correction to the online article. Krauze could also have noted that, according to Technorati, around 60 bloggers have linked to the inaccurate article. Thus the article sits there online, linked to by many others, who are linked to by still others, arguably helping an urban myth build up steam.

In the words of one great moral philosopher:
But if you look for truthfulness
You might just as well be blind
It always seems to be so hard to give

Honesty is such a lonely word
Everyone is so untrue
Honesty is hardly ever heard
And mostly what I need from you


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