- Paperback: 314 pages
- Publisher: Creation Book Publishers; First edition (December 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1942773595
- ISBN-13: 978-1942773597
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
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The first chapter deals with the problem I recognized years ago when I was first studying science, that evolution is going in reverse of expectations. Rather than showing an increase in complexity caused by mutations, it actually produces the reverse effect by producing harmful or an accumulation of near neutral mutations that eventually causes harm. It is extremely difficult to cite a case where a new feature or functionality is produced by a mutation without providing a corresponding or offsetting negative effect. At the Altenberg 16 Conference, the presenters admitted that “the theory of evolution which is taught in the classrooms today is inadequate for explaining our existence.”
Science, especially in the speculative field of evolution and paleontology, is fraught with the problem of fraud and forgery. Examples are, Bathybius Hackelii and Eozoon, eoliths, forgeries by Charles Dawson and Viswat Git Gupta, and the human facial angle blunder.
On almost every page of Jerry’s latest book, I learned something new, including an entire chapter on Francis Galton’s attempt to use fingerprinting as a proof for evolution, but he never got the results he expected.
Then many of the more famous blunders are discussed, the Ancon sheep blunder, Haeckel’s biogenic law (ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny), the sexual selection myth of the peacock, Piltdown Man, Nebraska Man, ape-to-human progression, the attempt to interbreed apes and humans, an excellent history of Java Man, atavisms and the Chinese bird-dinosaur forgeries.
He ends his book with a discussion of why fraud exists in science today. Science is much more interested in promoting an agenda rather than finding truth, and if a student wants to survive in school and remain in academia, he needs to produce results that support the prevailing paradigm and not challenge it. So if years of research on a project brings evidence that contradicts evolution, often the results are misreported, fudged or ignored in order to get the desired grade, get a grant or a prestigious teaching position.
This book should be required reading for students who are preparing to enter college, and for those who really question if what they are being taught actually stand up to factual evidence.
This book's collection of blunders and frauds goes from the time of Darwin into the 21st century. One particularly troubling case is that of Viswat Jit Gupta (ch. 4), who published so many fraudulent scientific papers on Himalayan fossils (some 300 papers over 25 years)—which were trusted by other scientists—that some today fear that the field may never recover. Gupta would salt his deposits with fossils and make audacious claims about them, literally making things up. Sorting out the true from the false from the tangled web he created not only corrupted the field of Himalayan stratigraphy thereafter, but damaged the reputations of all who worked with him or relied on his fake science. That's just one short case in this 311-page book.
The book has 19 chapters, some with more than one episode each. Like all Dr Bergman's books, this one is heavily referenced with quotations, each page with the sources indicated in footnotes. The familiar hoaxes (Piltdown, Nebraska Man, Haeckel's embryos) are covered well, with details not found in other books. The book really shines with the lesser-known cases. I hope readers, after wagging their heads by the end of the book, will follow up by raising an outcry against the fake science empire instigated by Charles Darwin and his disciples.