Scientist takes away piece of Creationist argument

November 4, 2007

Ah, the power of Google search …
clipped from www.newscientist.com

It is a central tenet of creationism that evolutionary biologists are part of a vast conspiracy. Should evidence emerge that runs counter to Darwin’s theories, creationist thinking goes, it is quickly suppressed by the scientific thought police.

Now retired chemist Homer Jacobson may have inadvertently lent the conspiracy theorists a helping hand. The trouble started when Jacobson, formerly at Brooklyn College in New York, did a web search for his own name. Among the top results were creationist websites. They cited a 1955 paper on the origin of life, in which Jacobson discussed the challenges of explaining how the chemical building blocks of life emerged. Creationists say his paper shows that divine intervention must have been involved.

In a letter in this month’s edition of American Scientist, the journal in which the original article appeared, Jacobson retracts two paragraphs from it.
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