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    Can you trust Science media?

    in a word. no.








    Can We Trust Science Media?

    by Harry F. Sanders, III on July 10, 2019

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    Media Mess

    We live in an era in which it is hard to know who to trust. Fake news is the byword of our times, with different news outlets saying polar opposite things about the same occurrences. Public confidence in news organizations is plummeting. Sixty-nine percent of the American public says they have less confidence in the media than they did ten years ago1. Despite this massive decrease, it does not appear to have affected the science media. Pew Research published a poll in March 2019 that showed that an incredible ninety-one percent of the public have at least some confidence in scientists2, yet only sixteen percent3 of Americans can name a living scientist4. This points to a strong cognitive disconnect. Americans are not actually trusting scientists: they are ultimately trusting what the media tells them scientists are saying— in spite of having a general distrust for the media.
    Science Reporting

    Unfortunately for the average American, the scientific media is not much more trustworthy than the rest.
    Unfortunately for the average American, the scientific media is not much more trustworthy than the rest. This is illustrated in the recent coverage of a small bird found on the tiny coral atoll in the Indian Ocean called Aldabra. According to the widespread media coverage, the white-throated rail (Dryolimnas cuvieri) on this island was wiped out by a flood over one-hundred-thousand years ago, then the same species somehow re-evolved5,6. These articles were claiming this species had somehow resurrected itself. But this is not what the actual scientific paper had claimed. The paper had claimed it was the same genus, not the same species, and rightly so since they were working with only two bones7. The popular portrayal of this particular study was so egregious it prompted a stern rebuke from noted atheist evolutionist Dr. Jerry Coyne, who maintains a personal blog alongside his scientific publications. He wrote that “the popular press grossly misreported what this finding means, claiming that the same species evolved twice independently. And that’s just not true.”8 It is not often we can agree with Dr. Coyne, but in this instance, he is quite correct.
    Another public example of this sort of absurdity showed up in a headline that read “NASA was able to recreate the 'origins of life' and the results are shocking.”9 While the headline made bold claims, the actual paper does not claim to have recreated the origin of life10. In fact, if you read deep enough into the popular science article, it admits that no life was formed. Yet the title is formulated to get people to click on it more than to accurately portray the information it contains, starting with the headlines.
    Yet another example that captured the scientific media’s attention came from ichthyosaurs (an extinct marine creature). A study claimed that at least one ichthyosaur fossil had blubber, and the science media immediately announced to the world that ichthyosaurs were warm-blooded11. New Scientist was particularly misleading, titling their article “Fossil blubber shows ichthyosaurs were warm blooded reptiles.”12 The headlines left out one tiny detail: blubber does not always equal being warm-blooded. As the scientific paper points out, there are living cold-blooded reptiles today, the leatherback turtles, that have blubber13. While this fact is mentioned within the science articles, the title of this and other popular science articles are incredibly misleading.
    To drive the point home, here is another example. An article discussing a newly described species of insect that made the claim that it could be a survivor from the Ice Age14. Yet the research paper makes no such claim. In fact, it appears to claim the insect colonized their current habitats after the glaciers retreated15. This is the exact opposite of what was portrayed by the media for public consumption.
    Why Does the Misinformation Happen?

    To be fair to the science journalists, it is not always their fault.
    To be fair to the science journalists, it is not always their fault. They may not have access to the paper itself or may not be properly equipped to understand the contents of a given paper and may rely on the press release about such paper. Unfortunately, press releases are not always accurate or unbiased. For example, going back to the rails discussed at the beginning of this article, the press release makes the claim that the same species evolved twice16, something that Coyne pointed out is not the case17. Further, journalists often are paid to generate traffic to their websites, so some “clickbait” headlines are inevitable. However, there is a proliferation of articles with false reporting, beyond a mere “clickbait” issue.
    As you can see in the appendix, in the time between December 2018 and May 2019, Answers News, AiG’s twice-a week live news program, covered thirteen of the fourteen articles listed where the public was presented with misleading or false information. The list is hardly exhaustive. Keep in mind that Answers News does not exclusively cover science articles, and only has enough time to cover about 15 articles a week, about half of which relate to the state of our culture. The fact that in a six-month period Answers News covered this many articles where the popular science articles misrepresented what was in the research paper is disturbing.
    Trust Is the Issue

    Much of what is published in the scientific media is just as skewed and misrepresented as what is presented in the rest of the media.
    Clearly, there is an issue here. While many Americans, rightly, do not trust the media, they do not seem to apply healthy scrutiny to the science media. As this article has demonstrated, skepticism of the scientific media is warranted. Much of what is published in the scientific media is just as skewed and misrepresented as what is presented in the rest of the media. Berean principles apply to more than theology. Christians especially should do independent research about each new spectacular claim. As the old saying goes, if it seems too “good” to be true, it probably is.
    These problems do not exist in a vacuum. Journalists are not neutral. In fact, no one is. Everyone brings a worldview to the facts. Given that, according to a 2011 Pew Research Poll, only 8% of national journalists attended a religious service (note, not necessarily a church) on a weekly basis, in most cases, their worldview will not align with the Bible18. Unfortunately, because of this worldview, many journalists are more than willing to manipulate the facts to fit with their bias. We at Answers in Genesis have a worldview as well. The difference between the mainstream journalists and us is we freely admit to having a worldview. We do our best, both on Answers News and in the rest of our content, to expose the biases of the secularists and present the scientific information accurately within the Biblical worldview. As with anything else, what we say ought to be compared to the Bible to “see if these things were so.” (Acts 17:11)
    PopSci Article Peer Reviewed Article Peer Reviewed Article
    “Oldest-known ancestor of modern primates may have come from North America, not Asia.” Phys.org “New fossils, systematics, and biogeography of the oldest known crown primate Teilhardina from the earliest Eocene of Asia, Europe, and North America.” Journal of Human Evolution Misleading pop-sci title, journal article says it is unclear, pop-sci implies North America more probable.
    “Soft tissue shows Jurassic ichthyosaur was warm-blooded, had blubber and camouflage” Science Daily
    “Fossil blubber shows ichthyosaurs were warm blooded reptiles.” New Scientist
    “Soft-tissue evidence for homeothermy and crypsis in a Jurassic ichthyosaur.” Nature Dishonest title. Pop-sci articles claim Ichthyosaurs were warm-blooded. Paper indicates this is a possibility but also indicates they could be cold-blooded.
    “Fossils discovered at B.C.'s Burgess Shale add branch to tree of life.” CBC “Burgess Shale fossils shed light on the agnostid problem” Proceedings of the Royal Society B Misleading content/title in pop-sci. There had already been discussions about moving these fossils to their own group. Pop-sci makes it sound like a new development.
    “Moon discovery: Ancient 4-billion-year-old relic found on lunar surface.” Fox News “Terrestrial-like zircon in a clast from an Apollo 14 breccia” Earth and Planetary Science Letters Misleading content in pop-sci article. Pop-sci article claims the rock is definitely from earth. Journal article views this as a likely, but not definitive explanation.
    “New insect discovered in Canada may be survivor from the last Ice Age” Fox News “The cave-dwelling dipluran (Diplura, Campodeidae) on the edge of the Last Glacial Maximum in Vancouver Island caves, North America (Canada)” Subterranean Biology Misleading title. Pop-sci article claims insect survived Ice Age. Journal article seems to indicate it arrived in its habitat after Ice Age.
    “These slimy, hungry blobs may have been the Earth's first creepy crawlies” CBC “Organism motility in an oxygenated shallow-marine environment 2.1 billion years ago.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences False claim. Pop-sci article claims these may have been first creepy crawlies. Journal article clearly indicates these were not the first.
    “South American lizards are breaking an evolutionary 'golden rule'” ABC “How mountains shape biodiversity: The role of the Andes in biogeography, diversification, and reproductive biology in South America's most species‐rich lizard radiation (Squamata: Liolaemidae)” Evolution Misleading claim. Pop-sci article makes it seem that lizards had been observed to lay eggs when it normally was a live bearer. Journal article hypothesizes this but does not claim it has been observed.
    “NASA was able to recreate the 'origins of life' and the results are shocking” Fox News “Redox and pH gradients drive amino acid synthesis in iron oxyhydroxise mineral systems.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Misleading title. Pop-sci article title claims NASA recreated “origin of life” but journal article makes it clear it did no such thing.
    “Woolly mammoth cells brought back to life in shocking scientific achievement.” Fox News “Signs of biological activities of 28,000-year-old mammoth nuclei in mouse oocytes visualized by live-cell imaging.” Scientific Reports Misleading title. Pop-sci title is poorly chosen. Mammoth nuclei were implanted in mouse cells and only showed “signs of life”.
    “Kids store 1.5 megabytes of information to master their native language.” Science Daily “Humans store about 1.5 megabytes of information during language acquisition.” Royal Society Open Science Misleading headline. In this instance, both the pop-sci and journal article have misleading titles as 1.5 megabytes is the upper limit of storage with the lower limit being .375 bits.
    “Cats know their names — whether they care is another matter” Nature “Domestic cats (Felis catus) discriminate their names from other words” Scientific Reports Off topic title. The pop-sci title discusses information not included in the paper it purports to be discussing.
    “Previously unknown human species found in Asia raises questions about early hominin dispersals from Africa.” Nature “A new species of Homo from the Late Pleistocene of the Philippines.” Nature Misleading content. Pop-sci article does not emphasize Australopithecus resemblance of fossils, journal paper does.
    “Loch Ness monster mystery solved? Study claims ancient dinosaur discovery influenced delusion” Fox News Did Nineteenth Century Marine Vertebrate Fossil Discoveries Influence Sea Serpent Reports?” Earth Sciences History Misleading title/content. Pop-sci article says study claims dinosaurs influenced Loch Ness Monster reports. Study does not claim this, merely postulates non-dinosaur extinct reptiles might have been an influence.
    “The bird that came back from the dead.” Science Daily “Repeated evolution of flightlessness in Dryolimnas rails (Aves: Rallidae) after extinction and recolonization on Aldabra.” Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society Misleading title/content. Pop-sci article claims that the same species evolved twice, journal article makes it clear this is not the case (Note, this has not been covered on Answers News.)

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    nope.

    some of their 'facts' seem to be constantly in flux.

    about the only thing they agree on is that second hand smoke is more dangerous than gamma radiation.

    that, and new drugs need to be pushed out the door as quickly as possible as the revenue will almost always exponentially outweigh the cost of the lawsuits they engender.
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    Part of the problem is sensationalism. The other is obvious political bias on anything to do with biology and climate.
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    Short answer: no. Absolutely not.

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    Not until they acknowledge that the "Out of Africa Theory" has holes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gator Monroe View Post
    Not until they acknowledge that the "Out of Africa Theory" has holes
    That theory is currently being carefully examined by thousands upon thousands of the top scientists in the world.

    "We know a lot more now, than we did then".

    For example, one of my colleagues is currently down in sub-Saharan Africa, examining the genetics of fossils, looking specifically for brain wiring related to psychopathy. It's "very specific" research, at this point. You can tell a whole lot when you scrape a little bit of DNA off of a fossil. There's another team looking specifically for the history of rs25531.

    rs25531 RefSNP Report - dbSNP - NCBI

    (If you click where it says scl6a4 you'll see what it's about).

    I think we've already advanced a bit beyond the out-of-africa stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RMNIXON View Post
    Part of the problem is sensationalism. The other is obvious political bias on anything to do with biology and climate.
    Nah, it's just ignorance and stupidity (in that order, usually).

    See I mean, I keep trying to point this out. Every time they find a new fossil, the media comes out and says how it changes everything, because now this came from that, and now we have new insights into the missing link and blah blah blah blah blah ad nauseam.

    But the scientific truth is, no one can Define what a species actually is. No one can, not even the scientific experts. No one knows.

    So when you got a bunch of people out there becoming animated about the latest discovery, all it means is they don't know diddly-squat about how Evolution really works. It doesn't work at the level of species, species are an artifact, they are an anthropomorphic concept that makes sense to No One anywhere except for ignorant human beings who are trying to explain what they're seeing. I mean, this is like people before Newton, trying to understand why the Apple always falls down.

    Evolution operates at the level of niches, and those would be fundamentally molecular in nature. I start laughing (heartily) whenever the snooze media starts talking about what begat whom. Really, they have no idea. Their guess is probably a lot worse than yours.

    See - this rs25531 gene, it's really quite an amazing thing. It codes for a serotonin receptor that ends up in the digestive system, somewhere between six and nine months of age. And it also codes for a critical period in the brain that happens at about age 15. No one knows how it gets from here to there. What we DO know is that a pinpoint mutation affects the brain sequence without altering the digestive development - however an immediately adjacent pinpoint mutation Alters both.

    See so, in an advanced organism like a human being, every genetic change you make is going to have lots of Downstream effects. It is entirely possible that what you are "seeing" (interpreting) as a species, is due to a single very minor genetic change. That's probably why most of the DNA in advanced organisms is identical.

    The reason they're studying the genetic history of rs25531, is it enables a brain pathway in humans that isn't present at all in the great apes. This brain pathway is disrupted and several different ways, when rs25531 is mutated. There are multiple Downstream effects, and this happens to be a perfect laboratory for investigating how this actually works.

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    In answer to the question I say No. But distrust is not limited only to the science media. It seems that we live in a time where trustworthy reporting of events has given away to agenda driven practices designed to lead people into what to think.

    I also think it fair to say that to those who cling to evolution that if, and I say IF, man is the pinnacle of the biological process so named then one must admit that the trend in development is downward rather than upward, and it is accelerating rapidly. We have "evolved" towards the gutter in spite of the advancement of knowledge.

    Can science save us from ourselves? Only time will tell. And if not, then isn't all of that knowledge fake? Like the news? Or should we say it only proved to be worthless.
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    The intro of an article from the University of Washington sounds like it could be the beginning of a biblical creationist article. The author writes, “Paleontologists are trying to dispel a myth about what life was like when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. The false narrative has wormed its way into books, lectures and even scientific papers about this long-ago era.” Well, there are certainly a lot of myths and false narratives about the so-called time of the dinosaurs!
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    Here are just a few of those false narratives:

    • Dinosaurs died out 65 or so million years ago.
    • Dinosaurs evolved into birds.
    • Dinosaurs didn’t actually go extinct—they are alive today, flying around as birds.
    • Dinosaurs never lived with humans.

    He’s committed to the evolutionary fairy-tale story.
    Of course, these aren’t the narratives he mentions. He’s committed to the evolutionary fairy-tale story. But the evolutionary story has changed and so the old story is now considered a myth and false narrative. Here’s the old story, paraphrased:
    Dinosaurs prohibited mammals from growing large and diverse. So, during the “reign of the dinosaurs,” there were only a few, small mammal varieties.
    Well, apparently the fossil record doesn’t bear this out. So now there’s a new story as we have summarized it:
    Mammals went through three “ecological radiations” (when a lineage finds and adapts to a new niche) throughout their supposed evolutionary heritage. In each of these “radiations,” the “mammaliaforms” diversified from primitive to creatures which “resemble species alive today,” including the repeated evolution of the adaptations needed for “gliding, climbing, eating diverse diets.” Yes, apparently these things all evolved more than once, in mammals alone.
    But this is just another myth and false narrative! Here’s what these researchers should actually be saying and observing:
    The dinosaurs, and the mammals and other creatures buried with them, were buried during the global flood of Noah’s day just 4,350 years ago. The various rock layers don’t represent different geological ages. Rather, they represent different ecological zones, buried as the floodwaters rose. All the original mammal kinds lived at the same time as the dinosaurs (and, for the land-dwelling mammal kinds, representatives were on the same ark with the dinosaurs), alongside humans.
    That’s the only way to understand the true history of the world.
    So, there you have it! The myths and false narratives are all cleared up now! To dispel those myths, you’ve got to start with God’s Word as history. That’s the only way to understand the true history of the world.
    You can learn more in my chapter from The New Answers Book 1: "What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?
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