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What Does History Teach Us Happens When Societies Allow Scientists and Historians To Deny Facts?
"Darwin is set on a pedestal as though he were Einstein or Copernicus, and anyone doubting adherence to this conventional view risks ostracism. In science, as much as in religion, we can find extreme views that fly in the face of realities."
Darwin: The Microscopist Who Didn't Discover Evolution. By Brian J. Ford. The Microscope. 59:3, 2011. pp 129-137. Click to read.
POSTSCRIPT 25 JUNE 2016
Since this article was published Dr Jason Rosenhouse published an ignorant diatribe - uninformed by the newly discovered facts - referring to me, by name, as a "big-time crackpot". You can read about his abusive pseudo scholarship Here.
POSTSCRIPT 29 JUNE 2016
My published right of reply to Malec's review of my book 'Nullius in Verba: Darwin's greatest secret' can be read here
POSTSCRIPT 6TH AUGUST 2016
Someone claiming to be George Beccaloni of the Natural History Museum of London - who is curator of the Wallace Collection - has (arguably) an intellectual and ethical melt down when faced with the new facts as well as old facts that disconfirm his various claims. Moreover, he tries to argue with abuse, utter ignorance, and palpably misleading falsehoods: Here. And more on the comments section to this subsequent blog post on Beccaloni's behaviour on published social media - Here
Forword by the author to explain why "the gloves are off" in the war of veracity versus claptrap
As a confirmed atheist for the past forty years, I think that the scientific evidence supports macroevolution by natural selection as a far more rational and evidence based explanation for the origin and extinction of species than intelligent design. Consequently, I take as a propaganda slur any allegations that imply I am in any way supporting the intelligent design movement or publishing in pseudo-scientific journals that do the same. I would not do such a thing and I never have. This article concerns my peer reviewed publication in the Polish science journal "Aspects of Origin". The journal does not promote arguments for intelligent design over natural selection, but in the open scholarly interests of sharing - in order to better understand - the arguments and "evidence" that others think does support intelligent design, it allows others to present their independently and anonymously peer reviewed arguments on that topic for consideration by the international science community. I think that doing this is as important an approach in the field of biology as it is, for example, in promoting scientifically proven benefits in the field of vaccination immunity. Namely, we need to understand better the best considered and articulated arguments of those who oppose what we think is rational science if we wish to engage with them to persuade them that one scientific or historical theory or hypothesis is rationally, and so scientifically / scholarly, superior to another.
(c) Dr Mike Sutton 2016. All national and international rights strictly reserved.Used only with express written permission
Mike Sutton with Elaine and Eleena Sutton
I am a hate crime scholar, aware of the great danger that history teaches us of obscenely abusing those we disagree with, and of the dangers of fact denial behaviour in universities.
Denial of the existence of proven newly discovered historical facts, by way of misinforming the press about the peer reviewed published research findings of scholars, by way of completely fallacious 'fact denial' statements, is a tactic adopted by pseudo scholars, cults, extremists, nazis and totalitarian regimes of all kinds.
We have a duty to confront those in positions of influence who use their positions to deny facts to mislead the press and the public. All the more so if those making fallacious public statement to deny facts are respected professional historians and scientists.
As the husband of a black Jamaican-heritage woman and father of our a mixed heritage child (See the family blog of Elaine Sutton), I am particularly concerned that some university academics, including influential members of the so called "Darwin Industry", are behaving like cyber nazi thugs and extremists by abusing me personally by way of university email accounts, sending weirdly ranting and fallacious poison pen emails to me, my friends, associates and members of the press, and abusing facilities such as Twitter on social media to publish misogynistic and other obscene and foul abuse as part of their blatantly desperate pseudo scholarly fact denial programme.
I am further greatly concerned that others are, arguably, propagandising in order to persuade the scientific community and the wider public via journalists of the national and regional press with completely unevidenced claims that independently verifiable and 100 per cent proven facts that I originally discovered to exist in long neglected printed matter in historic science publications, do not exist there, or that their new discovery is nothing new, or that they are silly, or that they are in some way intrinsically part of some undefined conspiracy theory, or else being used in some undefined way to construct one.
Let me explain why such blatant disregard for the facts, by way of propagandising fact denial behaviour by "experts" of all kinds, so bothers me:
I have given several papers at criminology conferences in the USA, Brazil, Poland, Germany and Italy and published on the topic of how the elected and non-elected Far Right in Britain and the USA engage in such fact denial behaviour and what their self-penned dreadfully racist plans would be for us and our children, were they ever to succeed in governing us (In particular, Sutton and Perry 2009 - see also: Sutton and Wright 2009). Not for nothing is holocaust denial a crime in some countries. Others perhaps take the view that it is better to allow freedom of speech and publication in order to to let us better understand, in order to tackle with proven facts, the views of holocaust deniers.
Fact denial behaviour and it's associated propagandising by scientists and historians, is, on any topic, I think, a thin end of the wedge concern that we all have in common as a communal duty to expose and tackle wherever we find it. Because, if we allow it in any quarter of our societies what kind of message does it send?
When it comes to our professional scientists and historians, we expect and rely upon them not to deny the existence of 100 per cent proven facts about what exists in print in the publication record. And were we to allow them to do so, what dreadful harms might our neglect of veracity further facilitate if we allow such clear fact denial to pass without whistle-blowing on the culprits? This important question underpins my "Dysology Hypothesis". But, the telling question is, how many are really brave enough to put their head above the parapet and, for the benefit of society and a necessarily veracious history, face the consequences of doing so? I am. Are you? What does history teach us happens to those who speak out in this way? Ask yourself, whose side are you on? Are you prepared to actually do anything about it?
Falsehoods favour the fearful
They Dethroned Muhammad Ali of his World Champion Title, Took away his Livelihood by Voiding his Licence to Box and Imprisoned Him for Refusing to Kill People in the Vietnam War.
They did that because they wanted to disgrace him for telling the truth, for speaking out for justice against the "majority view" that was held by so many idiots in the USA at the time. Always remember, the majority view is only transient once it is proven to be held by idiots. And the history of humanity teaches us that "majority views" are often later proven to be idiotic.
Muhammad Ali taught me, as did Dr Martin Luther King Jr, as did Nelson Mandela, as did Patrick Matthew, that the majority view can be held by essentially very dangerous fact denying and evidence-blind idiots. For the sake of humanity, human advancement, peace and justice, we have a perfectly integrated moral and intellectual duty to point out such "corporate idiocy" and to tackle it in any ethical way we can
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It is wrong for university academics, or anyone else for that matter, to use obscene language to maliciously abuse anyone. Using misogynistic obscenities to do so is particularly offensive and threatening to women in general who are targeted or else witness others being so abused. In fact, in May 2016, the British Government launched a major initiative encouraging everyone to stand up, denounce, tackle and and report such abusive misogynistic behaviour occurring on the internet.
It is wrong for academic experts to mislead the press, other academics and the general public by making completely unevidenced, and therefore pseudo scholarly, claims that I - in scholarly, peer reviewed, science journal, publications - am making claims that I most certainly am not making; particularly when I have made the point about what I do and do not claim, explicitly clear in those very publications. Similarly, it is wrong for esteemed and respected expert scholars such as Dr John van Wyhe to do the same by claiming, fallaciously, that nothing new has been discovered, when those proven new, paradigm changing, discoveries have been confirmed as completely new and significant, in peer reviewed scholarly science journals. Furthermore, it is wrong for him to effectively conceal these newly discovered independently verifiable facts from others by claiming, from a position of expert professional authority, that the scholarly sources containing them are a conspiracy theory, when no kind of conspiracy theory whatsoever has been written. Moreover, it is wrong for the eminent expert van Wyhe to mislead the public, via writing to journalists of the press to try to convince them that my scientifically peer reviewed published work is "so silly", when in fact the newly discovered facts in my work very seriously and completely disprove prior-published knowledge beliefs of the world's leading Darwin scholars. Why would van Wyhe do such a thing? Is he "insanely jealous" or "wilfully ignorant"? What is the reason? Why deny the existence of 100 per cent proven newly discovered facts?
There is nothing "so silly" about the fact Darwin is newly proven to have lied from 1860 onward when he wrote sequentially in the Gardeners Chronicle, in a letter to another famous naturalist and from the third edition of the Origin of Species onward that Matthew's original ideas on natural selection were not read by any naturalists, were read by no one at all, or that they passed completely unnoticed. Darwin lied in that regard because the far from "so silly" proven fact of the matter is that the publication record shows Matthew had prior informed Darwin in published print in the Gardeners chronicle, via an exchange of open letters, that the naturalist Loudon had read and reviewed his ideas on natural selection, that his book was read by another eminent naturalist who feared pillory punishment were he to teach those ideas to his students and that his book was banned - because of those ideas - from the public library of Perth in Scotland. By lying to conceal what are today the newly proven routes of knowledge contamination between those who read his book, and the bombshell original ideas in it, and Darwin and Wallace, there is nothing silly about the fact that my peer reviewed article concludes, based on the 100 per cent proven evidence of his lies, that from 1860 Darwin committed plagiarism by glory theft of Matthew's claim to proven influence of the scientific community via Darwin's and Wallace's influencers and their influencer's influencers. All of this very serious - fully evidenced - information is explained very clearly in my book and in my article (Sutton 2014 and Sutton 2016). See also my peer reviewed British Society of Criminology paper for a brief overview of the same newly discovered facts of Darwin's proven science fraud (Here).
So what has, in reality, been newly discovered that eminent professional Darwin scholars apparently don't wish you to know about?
Here are the new, fully and independently verifiable, evidenced bombshell discoveries (Sutton 2014) that rewrite the history of discovery of natural selection. I originally discovered them by following the simplest rule of science "follow the data". Darwinites failed to find the New Data because they have a biased, Darwin deification habit, of ignoring any data that disconfirms their unevidenced belief that Darwin and Wallace discovered natural selection independently of Patrick Matthew's prior published conception of the entire thing.
1. Darwinites can no longer claim - as they did before my book was published - that Patrick Matthew's prior published conception of macroevolution by natural selection was unread by any naturalists before Darwin and Wallace replicated it. Because I originally discovered seven who cited the book that contains it in the pre-1859 literature. And Darwin and Wallace, and their influencers, knew four of them well. Hence it is most significantly newly discovered and 100 per cent proven that routes of potential knowledge contamination exist between Matthew's (1831) book to the pre-1858 minds of Darwin and Wallace. The date evidence of this newly discovered publication record now debunks the old Darwinite claim that Darwin's notebooks and private essays prove he independently discovered natural selection.
2. Darwinites can no longer claim, as they did before my book was published, that Darwin was an honest scientist. Because it is absolutely 100 per cent proven that from 1860 onward, following information provided by Matthew himself, that he lied about the prior readership of Matthew's book and the original ideas in it by other naturalists. Moreover, Darwin told at least seven additional lies in order to convince the scientific community that he independently conceived the idea of natural selection.
3. It can no longer be claimed that Wallace was an honest scientist. Because I originally discovered that he edited one of his letters in his autobiography to conceal his claim that he thought he was owed money and favours by Darwin and his associates for cooperating with the presentation of his replication of the concept of natural selection alongside that of Darwin in 1858.
4. Darwinites can no longer claim that Matthew's conception of natural selection was contained solely in the appendix of his book. I reveal exactly how much is actually contained in the main body of his book and that Darwin lied when he wrote that Matthew's ideas were solely contained in the appendix. Because Matthew referred him to just some of the relevant text from the main body of his book and Darwin wrote to admit the fact to Joseph Hooker.
5. Darwinites should no longer claim that Matthew never understood what he conceived on the grounds that he never shouted about it from the rooftops. Because I show how the first half of the 19th century was governed by laws and conventions that forbade anyone from doing such a thing, and others from discussing it. Moreover, Matthew told Darwin as much when he explained his book was banned from Perth public library in Scotland and that an eminent naturalist could not teach the original ideas in it for fear of pillory punishment.
6. Darwin, in 1859, originally four-word-shuffled Matthew's (1831) original term for his original conception from Matthew's (1831) 'natural process of selection' into 'process of natural selection', which is the only possible grammatically correct re-ordering of the four words Matthew used to name his discovery.
7. Darwin, was the first to replicate Matthew's (1831) powerful artificial versus natural selection analogy of differences to explain Matthew's original hypothesis, whilst claiming it as his own independent discovery. Indeed, Darwin not only replicated Matthew's brilliant analogy in his private essay, he used it to open the first chapter of the Origin of Species.
The Royal Society of Biology has one Unified Voice. Hardly Scientific Then? More Like a Cult?
I have written this article in order to set the historical record straight and in order to reveal, in the public interest of the international community, by reference to what they have written for public consumption, about me and my published scholarly work, how certain, named, members of the scientific community have responded to my new, original and 100 per cent proven, independently verifiable discoveries about the history of discovery of natural selection.
Focusing on evidence for the apparent existence of a professional allurement of de facto corporate Darwinist pseudo scholarship over independently verifiable fact-led veracity, the main aim of this essay is to pose the telling question: "Why is it that Darwin's newly discovered greatest secret is a 100 per cent proven fact that career-Darwinists are so embarrassingly desperate to go to disingenuously pseudo-scholarly lengths to deny?"
I will begin with a truism that some of my critics, perhaps in their Darwin-loyal intellectual-panic to rush to condemn rather than read and engage with the "New Data", don't seem able or willing to grasp as such. Namely, that which is published in the literature in books, websites, blogs, scholarly science journals, and moderated content website articles, such as this one that you are currently reading, is effectively 100 per cent proven to exist.
If, in some deep philosophical sense, you doubt the truth of the above statement then let us do a very simple experiment to see who is right and most rational.
Please place your hand over this paragraph and then remove it. Do this 100 times. Write down how many times out of 100 the word "proven" remains in this sentence. If you doubt the evidence you have before you then repeat the experiment 10,000 times, a million times etc. If you still retain any doubt, apply for a research grant to enable you to expand your sample size and experimental conditions. Who knows, perhaps if you can get CERN involved you might find something going on at the sub- atomic level that proves me wrong in a way none of us can see without the right instruments of measurement.
The above scientific realism point was proven even more humorously, and with great painful irony, when Mr Julian Derry, a "visiting scientist" at Edinburgh University, author of a book on Darwin in Scotland, and professional Darwin Industry bronze "Darwin's Monkey" paraphernalia seller, took exception to Scottish newspaper reports (Alexander 2016a) on my lecture on Matthew and Darwin at the James Hutton Institute in Scotland. Mr Derry wrote a long note from his Edinburgh University email address to the Scottish press, and to several of my friends and associates, (see Alexander, 2016b; Sutton 2016a) to claim, amongst a host of other weird ranting and unsubstantiated things he wrote about me and my research, that:
“Darwin and Wallace did not plagiarise Matthew, and were not tipped off to his discovery of natural selection by their circle of friends and colleagues. Or rather, if any of this did occur, it has not been shown to have done so by the data presented by Dr Sutton."
“Why I say this, like this, carefully and cautiously, is because as a scientist, I must be confident beyond any reasonable doubt that the data and its interpretation do prove that these events happened as claimed. This is quite a different philosophy to the one underlying Dr Sutton’s research."
“I have never heard a scientist in any discipline use the kind of language that he does to criticise others and qualify his findings, for example, “100% certainty”. Every scientist I know worth their salt doesn’t even have the phrase in their vocabulary.”
Apart from the fact that in his rush to bury disturbing newly discovered and significant facts, that perhaps will threaten the Darwin publication and associated paraphernalia industry, Mr Derry misunderstands that the existence of the 100 per cent proven new discovery of several possible routes of knowledge contamination from Matthew to Darwin and Wallace does not mean that I claim it is 100 per cent proven that Darwin or Wallace were directly or indirectly influenced by Matthew. Instead, what I am claiming in that regard is that it is now newly 100 per cent proven, by my original research. that they could very well have most easily been, because what I originally discovered is that naturalists, who they knew, and who their influencer’s influencers knew, are now newly known to have read Matthew's book and the original bombshell ideas in it, because it is now 100 per cent proven that they actually cited Matthew's book, and some of them even mentioned the original ideas in it, in the published literature. And that 100 per cent newly proven fact, that other naturalists in fact did read Matthew's (1831) prior-publication of the conception of natural selection, is my original and new discovery.
Yet this original and new discovery is being "fact-denied" by leading academic Darwin scholars.
Research Ethics And The Public Nature Of Internet Communications
I was allowed a right of reply to Mr Derry’s accusations by the Courier (Alexander 2016c). In fully evidencing what I showed the Courier about the language used by Mr Derry not being particularly scientific, the forensic evidence I provided to the journalists and editors of the Courier was respectably sanitized and released into the public domain in a more genteel manner than you are about to witness here. In his own publications in social media, Mr Derry very ironically further refutes his own claims about what can be 100 per cent proven or not. Because, when it comes to the language scientists use to criticise others, it is further 100 per cent proven, by his very own published tweet, embedded in the Patrick Matthew blogsite, that his own obscene language reveals some of the salt he is worth to a respectable scientific community (see Sutton 2016a)
"Look here you supercilious cunt, I told you who I was immediately. Stuff ur haughty "Wasn't that hard for you was it?" up ur arse."
For the record, I have a private scholarly forensic archive of further future historic classic examples of such rabid unscientific language deployed in passionate Darwinist responses to the "New Data" of hard facts that painfully prove Darwin lied about who he knew had read Matthew's (1831) book and the original ideas in it. And as you can see I will not hesitate to make this data publicly available. Indeed, over the years, no doubt because I am not afraid to speak on important topics, I have received vile abuse from other quarters. By way of example, I have in my possession, stored electronically, an email from a somewhat esteemed professor who also called me the misogynistic C word in an email within the context of his defence of those being racist in his university against black people - behaviour to which I was objecting. He sent that obscene email from his university email account to my university email account, His university Dean was shown the email and yet he was subsequently promoted to Professor. To protect the reputation of his university and spare his career, I have kept that information out of the public domain, to date. However, I have recently come to wonder whether doing has been a great mistake. I believe such ‘uncomfortable information’ is of historical significance in helping the scientific community and wider public see the difficulties faced by those of us who speak out against wrong doing and also discover uncomfortable new and independently verifiable significantly dis-confirming hard-facts for any old un-evidenced “majority view”.
By way of further 100 per cent proof that what is published exists, in response to the peer reviewed publication of my (Sutton 2014a) criminology paper "The hi-tech detection of Darwin’s and Wallace’s possible science fraud: Big data criminology re-writes the history of contested discovery." Social media was once again used by a Darwinist scholar to abuse my work with taboo foul language. This time with another, thankfully much lesser taboo "c" word. Professor Nathaniel Comfort (see Sutton 2015a for the 100 per cent proof of it), a science historian of John Hopkins University, published the following New Year's day 2015 comment to the world:
"The paper's an ignorant piece of crap".
When I most politely invited Professor Comfort to explain his un-evidenced remark about my peer-reviewed article, and to debate the facts of the "New Data" with me in an independently moderated environment, he simply responded by blocking me on Twitter (See Sutton 2015a). Make of his behaviour what you will.
Why are Darwin scholars in such a desperate rush to deny that anything new has been discovered, when the facts prove it so clearly has? Why when confronted by the facts do they run and hide away?
My book 'Nullius in Verba: Darwin's greatest secret' (Sutton 2014) originally revealed the main bombshell discovery from my research that, as opposed to the prior “majority view” expert Darwin scholar knowledge belief (e.g Darwin 1861, de Beer 1962; Mayr 1982) that no naturalists, no biologists, or else no one at all, read the original ideas in it before Darwin and Wallace replicated them, that seven naturalists in fact did read Matthew's (1831) original ideas because it is 100 per cent proven that they actually cited his book in the published literature pre-1858; and that Darwin knew four of them personally, Wallace knew one and that three of those four played major roles at the epicentre and facilitation of their work on natural selection (see Sutton 2014). Furthermore, my book (Sutton 2104) originally revealed that it is 100 per cent proven that Darwin (1860) lied when he wrote that no naturalists and (Darwin 1861) no one at all read Matthew's original ideas before Matthew brought them to his attention in 1860, because Matthew (1860a, 1860b) had prior informed Darwin very clearly and in no uncertain terms that at least two eminent naturalists had read them, and fully understood them, that one feared pillory punishment were he to teach them, and that his book had been banned by the public library of Perth in Scotland because of the heretical ideas on the origin of species that are published in it!
My new discovery of the proven pre-1858 readership by naturalists of Matthew's original ideas was reported in the national press of Scotland and also in the national press of the United Kingdom (Knapton 2014). When invited to comment upon the new discovery in my book that other naturalists, known to Darwin and Wallace, in fact had read Matthew's original ideas before 1858, the world renowned Darwinist biographer Professor James Moore, responded with the confident creation of a new Darwinist fallacy, formed from nought but his own un-evidenced wishful thinking, without even bothering himself to check the facts, by way of reading the actual book containing them, upon which he was publicly commenting:
“I would be extremely surprised if there was any new evidence had not been already seen and interpreted in the opposite way.”
Darwin Scholars are a Disgrace to Science by their Pseudo-Scholarly "Corporate Denial" Responses to the "New Data" facts
As a social scientist, I find Moore’s desperate Darwinist pseudo-scholarly propagandising and ignorant significant fact-dismissal behaviour quite fascinating. Interestingly, at the time of writing, the much maligned Wikipedia encyclopaedia has Moore’s statement on its Patrick Matthew page as though it really is some kind of informed veracious fact that establishes that nothing new has been discovered, when in reality it is nothing of the kind. In light of such wilfully ignorant bias, and fallacy spreading, we should perhaps expect next to see reference to Mr Malec’s (2016) miniscule-portion review of an insignificant fraction of my book, presented as a review of the whole and main new discoveries, which are actually not reviewed,on the same page of Wikipedia. Given the way Moore’s uncomfortable fact-denying behaviour is so used as a disgracefully sly “MacDarwin” pseudo-scholarly device to hide the real, independently verifiable, significant “New Data” facts from the public, we shall have to wait and see if and how Malec’s dysology is deployed. My published right of reply response to Gregor Malec's grossly misleading "review" can be read in the journal in which he published it - here.
How might we explain the disingenuous and pseudo scholarly behaviour we are witnessing in the behaviour for the paid employees, and freelance consultants, of the Darwin Industry and among their ambitious toadying acolytes?
At the time of writing, on their Patrick Matthew page, Wikipedia “agenda editor/s” of one or perhaps any unknown number is/are using the name “Dave Souza” to systematically delete dis-confirming published evidence for the fallacies they currently have on that page. Those trying to rectify the situation are being banned and blocked by Wikipedia in what can only be described as “public encyclopaedia editor fraud”. The 100 per cent independently verifiable facts are being deleted - along with references to them in the cited literature. This is happening within minutes of the facts being posted on that page – and the Wikipedia Editor “Dave Souza” is lying by claiming that all the fully referenced, cited, published, sources of that information does not exist! See how Wikipedia was caught in the very act of such fact deletion in a criminological sting operation HERE.
Professor James Moore's completely fallacious dismissal (Cohen 2001, p.31) of the "New Data", upon which he was directly asked to comment, being anything new might - depending on his state of mind and intentions - be described as (a) 'a psychotic negation of manifest facts'; (b) a 'plugging of leaks' in the orthodox story by lying (Cohen 2001, p.31) or else, (c) a refusal by way of being in a 'state of denial' by dually knowing and not knowing, and thereby refusing to believe it, or else suffering from an inability to 'take it in' (Cohen 2001, p.24), because, if true, the facts of the "New Data" seriously threaten his sense of personal and professional cultural identity.
My findings and further original ideas on how to interpret them were published in the science journal Aspects of Origin' (Sutton 2016), where - citing my 2014 book, Nullius, heavily - I took the implications of these discoveries forward with a dynamic and original typology of 'knowledge contamination' in order to develop our understanding of Darwin's and Wallace's likely culpability, along with that of their associates William Hooker, Joseph Hooker and John Lindley. That article was informally commissioned by Grzegorz Malec, who invited me to write it for peer review on the original findings in my (Sutton 2014) book. Accordingly, I sent the first draft to him personally on Sunday 15th November 2015. Mr Malec wrote back to confirm receipt the following day. I am concerned, therefore that he wrote a review of my book (Malec 2015) that ignores its main findings regarding who we now know who cited Matthew's (1831) book pre 1858, and what they then went on to do. Because Mr Malec's review of my book - which, as you will shortly read about in far more detail below, the internationally famous Darwinist historian, Dr John van Whye, desperately wishes the public to read - focuses on my less important, and far less prominently presented, findings about who was apparently first to be second in print with apparently unique Matthewisms.
In recommending this pseudo scholarly review of my work to the Scottish press (details here), as he did, Dr van Wyhe must be utterly delighted with Malec and perhaps why he thinks of him a good scholar worthy of recommendation to the Scottish press? The pseudo scholarly shame of it!
Malec effectively then indeed boldly, portrays a relatively minor part of my book as though it is the main findings presented in it. But even in that regard, Mr Malec appears to been able to find only one, out of the 30 examples I found, can be currently re-butted. However, I must stress, at this appropriate juncture, that I am most grateful for Mr Malec’s excellent rebutting in this one single regard. His finding shall most certainly be attributed to him in the second edition of my book.
I know Mr Malec has been trying hard to find other examples of apparent unique Matthewisms to rebut; although oddly he fails to mention that fact in his review. Instead, he, arguably, somewhat gives the impression that there are others that have been rebutted. Perhaps there are others he knows of? But if there are, he has not yet told us of them.
To pose a question: 'How do I know Mr Malec has been working hard trying to find others to rebut besides the one out of 30 that he informs us he finally succeeded with?' Because he contacted me, revealing inadvertently, a mistake he made in thinking he had rebutted the fact, originally reported in my book (Sutton 2014) that, contrary to the Kentwood Wells's (1973) mockery of Loren Eiseley's etymological research on Matthew, all the evidence so far from my BigData hi-tech search among over 35 million publications suggests, most surprisingly, that Patrick Matthew does, in fact, at least appear to have coined the term and basic concept of the Peace Corps and that John F. Kennedy's policy wonks, in actual point of evidence-led fact, could well have got it by way of Matthewian knowledge contamination during their research interviews with missionaries. What Mr Malec fails to add for balance in his criticism of my book can be found instead in the comments section of one of my blog posts (Sutton 2013), where writing in 2015 under what he later admitted by way of email is his pseudonym "GZEMAL", Mr Grzegorz Malec admits that Patrick Matthew does appear to be first to have coined the term and originated the basic concept of the modern US Peace Corps. So why not - for balance - add that into his review to let readers of his review, in Aspects of Origin, know that despite his mere rubbishing rhetoric of my research that the facts of his own research show that the troublesome "first to be second hypothesis" is far from debunked, despite Malec’s known extremely limited, best efforts, to date, to debunk it?
If Mr Malec can dis-confirm more than just the one out of 30 examples in my book, on this theme, I have asked him to let us know.
In the spirit of objective enquiry, which I hope might one day rub –off on Mr Malec by association with it, I even set up an open competition, with 29 free copies of my book as potential prizes, so as to encourage he and others to dis-confirm this most troublesome hypothesis (Sutton 2016b). But even if all 30 examples of apparently unique Matthewisms in my book, and who was apparently “first to be second” in published print with them, are dis-confirmed, that does not do what Mr Malec appears to think dis-confirming just one example out of 30 does. Because debunking the first to be second (F2b2) hypothesis would not mean "There is no Darwin's greatest Secret", as he claims disconfirming just one goes a long way to doing. Despite what the dreadfully disingenuous title of Mr Malec's review of my book proclaims, in light of the lack of substance in his review of it. The reason why debunking the F2b2 hypothesis does not mean "there is no Darwin's greatest secret" is because Darwin's greatest secret is the main theme of my book, which the same as the main theme of my (Sutton 2016) article in the journal Aspects of Origin. Let me explain.
To necessarily repeat the point already made, for emphasis, so that I make myself as profoundly clear as possible, Darwin's greatest secret is that it is newly 100 per cent proven that:
Surpassing the failure of traditional Darwin scholar rubber thimble paper turning in the libraries of the world, the cutting edge high technology of the Google library project, of some 35 million searchable publications, enabled me to originally discover the "New Data" that 100 per cent proves Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace fallaciously claimed that no one read Matthew's prior-published discovery and explanatory examples of natural selection before they replicated both. And the "New Data" 100 per cent proves it, because the proof is in the previously undiscovered 19th century printed words in publications that absolutely prove Matthew's book, and the original ideas in it, were cited by influential naturalists, known both to Darwin and Wallace and their influencers, and their influencer’s influencers, before they replicated those same ideas - claiming they alighted upon them independently of Matthew's prior publication of the same. Darwin would later fallaciously excuse himself from 1860 onward by claiming those ideas were unread before he and Wallace replicated them. Darwin is 100 per cent proven to have lied in writing that excuse, because he wrote that as an absolute self-serving lie after Matthew had informed him of two influential naturalists who read and understood his original ideas, and their significance, and that his book had been banned, because of those same bombshell heretical ideas, by Perth Public Library in Scotland. Credulous Darwin scholars have been parroting their namesake’s lies about the pre-1858 readership of Matthew’s original ideas ever since. They have done so in order to necessarily construct and maintain the now newly busted myths that support the Darwinist paradigm of tri-independent discovery of Matthew’s prior published conception of macro evolution by natural selection.
In social media and in statements made by expert Darwinists (e.g.Dr Jon van Wyhe 2016), I have been effectively accused of being a conspiracy theorist - with no evidence presented to support such an accusation against my peer reviewed and published work. And that makes such a serious accusation against my published work pseudo-scholarly!
I don't think I am a conspiracy theorist. Indeed, if I was such a person, I think the easiest one to dream-up would be a fantastical tale that involved imaginings of a "Don't tell Darwin or Wallace" plan to explain why four people, who Darwin knew personally, and one who edited Wallace's Sarawak paper, who knew Darwin to be working on the problem of the origin of species, had read the one book in the world that Darwin and Wallace most needed to read, because it contained the full prior-published hypothesis of macroevolution by natural selection, but deliberately failed to tell them about.
More rationally, I think the contrast between Neil deGrasse Tyson's definition of a conspiracy theory and Stanley Cohen's sociological 'state of denial' is a particularly useful way to assess the importance of the solid and independently verifiable “New Data” evidence we do have.
On April 7th 2011, Neil deGrasse Tyson published on Twitter a fabulously simple definition of conspiracy theories: 'Conspiracy theorists are those who claim cover-ups whenever insufficient data exists to support what they're sure is true.' I love that. It's perfect.
By contrast, it is not strictly speaking an actual conspiracy of silence when a number of people, even millions as in Nazi Germany, and later in Chile and Argentina, and when worldwide a few thousand Darwin Scholars today, see hard and independently verifiable evidence but choose not to engage with it. In this regard, the late Stanley Cohen (2011, p. 1) tells us;
'A sociological "state of denial" exists when sufficient evidence is presented but dismissed: '...because the information registers well enough, but its implications - cognitive, emotional or moral - are evaded, neutralized or rationalized away.'
Moreover, Cohen. explains how we can determine culpability in states of denial:
'Except in the most obscure cases, we can reconstruct enough to determine who could have known, must have known or should have known what.' (Cohen 2011, p.126).
Avoiding the scholarly necessity to at least try to engage objectively with the published facts of what has been newly discovered about the routes of knowledge contamination between Matthew and Darwin, the editors and peer reviewers of the Linnean Journal allowed Dr Mike Weale (2015) to summarily dismiss any critical scholarly engagement with the significance of the New Data in my book (Sutton 2014) by writing simply that in no more than his own mere and un-evidenced opinion, the evidence is weak that Matthew influenced Darwin. This is just one more evidenced example of how the apparently de facto corporate Darwin Industry misleads the public by effectively hiding away from them the facts that salaried academic career biologists, and associated Darwinist historians of science, apparently dare not face.
Darwin (1860, 1861) lied about what he learned from Matthew (1860a; 1860b) regarding Loudon, along with another unnamed naturalist of an eminent university, and the staff running Perth public library. That lie was enough for credulous Darwin scholars, ignoring the Nullius in Verba motto of the Royal Society, to be thrown off the scent of the routes of prior knowledge contamination from the original ideas of Matthew that Darwin replicated. And Darwin kept up his great lie to the day he died. Ever since, ambitiously credulous, blind-sighted Darwin Scholars have carved out lucrative careers and been rewarded, for example, by the Royal Society with Darwin Medals, for parroting those lies and dressing them up for public presentation as great knowledge-truths (see Sutton 2016).
I don't suppose the eminent Royal Society will any-time soon award anyone it's prestigious Darwin medal for absolutely proving two of it's earlier medal winners and the medal's namesake published significantly essential tri-independent discovery paradigm supporting fallacies about the pre-1858 readership of Matthew's conception of macro evolution by natural selection? So there goes any hopes of a Darwin Medal for me – or for anyone else who chooses to write the uncomfortable facts that bust the myth that supports the industry that mints those medals and lines the pockets of its winners.
What does that tell us about the pervasively bias-corrupt state of scholarship in the history of biology in this area?
Apparently De Facto Corporate Darwinism
By way of an explanatory analogy, just as the MacDonald's hamburger chain insists that a junk-food burger and fries in any of their restaurants in Poland must taste and look exactly the same as any in England or the USA, the similarly punterizing corporate "MacDarwinisation" of the history of discovery of natural selection seemingly ensures that any book or article, or indeed any book review, containing a "Matthew and Darwin sandwich" must do the same.
Any ingredients (uncomfortably dis-confirming facts) that change the flavour of the traditional "MacDarwin" junk-scholarship sandwich are thereby rejected by the managers' (Darwin scholars) in the quality control department (university employment panels, editorial boards, expert advisory board members, and expert peer reviewers). Any journals or publishing houses refusing to comply will be abandoned by Darwin scholars afraid for their careers.
On which note, it cannot pass unremarked that the esteemed Darwinist historian Dr John van Wyhe either left the Expert Advisory board of the journal - Philosophical Aspects of Origin - as soon as my fact-led peer-reviewed article on Darwin's lying glory stealing science fraud (Sutton 2016) was published, because he did so in protest, or else it was just an unfortunate coincidence. Wherever the truth lies, immediately after Dr van Wyhe's resignation, the Journal's editor, Dariusz Sagan, with some email prompting research manoeuvrings to the press on my own part to seek out the truth, was compelled to make the following statement to the Scottish press, via an email to the Journalist Michael Alexander of the Scottish newspaper: the Courier:
'It is true that Dr. John van Wyhe was the member of the Advisory Board of our journal and resigned from it shortly after Dr. Mike Sutton’s article had been published. However, he didn’t reveal his reasons. Obviously, Dr. van Wyhe was entitled to resign from the board at any point and we respect his decision. We are not especially eager to speculate on the topic of his resignation, but, of course, one of the possibilities is that it was related to the publication of the controversial article of Dr. Sutton. We had not explicitly stated earlier our editorial policy, as we believed it was clear to anyone who looked into the broad range of the articles published in the journal. As things stand now, our editorial policy has been published on our website in order to avoid misunderstanding.'
Whether he intended it or not, by resigning from the journal's expert advisory board after the publication of my article (Sutton 2016), van Wyhe, who had been on the Journal’s Expert Board since at least 2014, has effectively distanced himself from professional involvement with the uncomfortable “New Data” in my article. The “New Data” comprises independently verifiable 100 per cent proven facts, which make it an unwanted flavour apart - because it is essentially tri-independent discovery paradigm busting hard-data. And such data, it seems, must be kept apart from Matthew and Darwin articles published by any journal that wishes to remain within the apparently de facto "MacDarwin Corporation" of the controlling and so-called "Darwin Industry".The story was later reported in the press on 17th May 2016 (here).
There are important messages here for those starting out in and wishing to remain in careers associated with biology and the history of discovery of natural selection. I can, at the time of writing these words, think of no other science journal, other than 'Philosophical Aspects of Origin', which would be prepared to publish the hard and independently verifiable evidence to prove the fact that Darwin lied about the pre-1858 readership of Matthew's ideas. Sending factual torpedoes such as that, to sink the myths keeping the pervasive, powerful and lucrative "Darwin Industry" armada of books, articles and associated memorabilia afloat is likely to get one labelled as an unwelcome, unprofitable, unemployable, troublemaker.
Such behaviour as that witnessed by those in the Darwin Industry today, towards unwanted, uncomfortable, paradigm-disconfirming New Data, is possibly well adapted to achieve a power of occupancy in the so called “corporate university” of today. We shall have to see. I for one intend to show that facts not debunked lies and claptrap are fittest to survive.
Relatedly, on this very topic of the so-called "new corporate universities", it has been noted that (West 2016) :
"Pandering to the intellectual tastes and preferences of journal editors may be the most effective means of career advancement, which rewards conformity rather than originality.
In which case, thank goodness for this Philosophical Aspects of Origin journal, which Dr van Wyhe ran away from because it did not conform to his taste and preferences immediately following the publication of my article, as he disclosed in an email to the journalist Michael Alexander
van Whye (2016):
“I resigned from the panel of the journal when I learned that they had misrepresented the nature of the journal when inviting me to join the panel. It was described as a journal about science and origins, when in fact the journal supports the creationist ideology called Intelligent Design. I had at any rate never had any further contact with them, so no content in the journal was ever seen by me before publication.
Dr Sutton's allegations about a purported influence of Matthew on Darwin and Wallace are not new.
This conspiracy theory is so silly and based on such forced and contorted imitations of historical method that no qualified historian could take it seriously.
By the way, someone has just sent me a review of Sutton: http://www.nauka-a-religia.uz.zgora.pl/images/FAG/2015.t.12/art.10.pdf
John van Wyhe
So the esteemed Dr van Whye is either wilfully ignorant of the new fact that my original and new discoveries completely dis-confirm the exhortations of the world’s leading Royal Society Darwin medal winners Darwin such as Sir Gavin de Beer (1962) and Ernst Mayr (1982) and the lies told by Darwin in the same regard, that no naturalists, no biologists, or no one at all, read Matthew’s original ideas before 1858 or else he is being dishonest and misleading the public by misleading a journalist making enquires, a representative of the free press!
Which, one of these only two possibilities we must wonder, is it? And where on Earth is the conspiracy theory of which van Wyhe writes? Moreover, a most telling question is: if Dr van Wyhe really does newly despise the journal he left because he newly believes it supports the intelligent design movement, why on Earth would he refer a journalist to a book review, published in that very same journal, on my book, which is published elsewhere?
The New Data discovery of the routes of possible knowledge contamination from Matthew to Darwin and Wallace are new. Because before my research not a single person had ever published the fact that other naturalists in fact did read Matthew’s ideas before 1858. It was only known that Loudon had read those ideas. But before me none noted that Loudon was a naturalist. Had they done so they, not I, should have been first to prove Darwin a liar in that regard and first to then “follow the data” to Loudon editing Blyth’s (1835, 1836) two influential articles. One anonymous peer reviewer of my (Sutton 2016) article wrote that it was the case that I had made an original discovery regarding the fact Matthew’s book was in fact read by other naturalists pre-1858.
It seems, therefore, that Dr van Wyhe needs to learn the difference between a conspiracy theory and his own sociological “state of denial” of the existence of what really has been newly and significantly discovered. I could write and send as a press statement to journalists similarly silly disparaging end unevidenced mocking remarks about Dr van Wyhe’s “silliness”. But he has done that for us in his apparent attempt to mislead the public though the press by way of his factually incorrect statements to the Scottish press. Because absolutely contrary to his claims, the truth of the matter is that the facts in my article (Suton 2016) and my book (Sutton 2014) are completely original and new, there is absolutely no conspiracy theory. Most significantly, there is nothing "so silly" about the fact that the new facts, which I originally discovered, completely disprove the old Darwinte "knowledge belief" that no naturalist read Matthew's bombshell conception before 1860. The shame of it!
I have been presented with many criticisms and asked many telling questions by Darwin scholars since the 2014 publication of my original discovery of the 'New Data' about who we now newly know really did read Matthew's ideas before 1858, because they cited his 1831 book in the literature.
However, it has been more than 12 months since I have encountered any that are new. A long list of these criticisms, and associated questions and answers can be found on the PatrickMatthew.com website, on the 'Darwinist Defences Rebutted page (see Sutton 2015).
On which note, please note further that, in his review of my book, Mr Malec raises no original arguments against the New Data. Unfortunately, this observation is not particularly discernible from the opinions he presents as his own criticisms in his review of my book. By way of just one example, Malec makes a meal of earlier published criticisms of the work of the esteemed historian outcast from the apparently de facto "MacDarwin Corporation" of science, Loren Eiseley.
Mr Malec presents the well-known published criticisms of Eiseley in his criticism of my book, implying therein that I was unaware of them. In reality, the etymological fallacy issue Malec raises is raised and discussed at length in my book with reference to the Darwin scholars, Gould and Wells, who first made them about Eiseley's work. But in his one-sided cherry picking on this topic, Malec fails to provide the objective balance that I aim for when I present the actual research evidence, which absence of any evidence in his best effort hatchet-job review suggests, none have yet been able to refute, that exposes Gould's (1983; 2002) confident assertions as a ludicrous "Frankfurtian bullshitting" (Frankfurt 2005) etymological fallacy of his own making. Because Gould claimed the term 'natural selection' was common currency in the literature.
Moreover, in further seemingly safely conformist keeping with the apparent de-facto requirements of "MacDarwinist" scholarship, Mr Malec obediently keeps out of his review of my book particular "de facto banned ingredients" of the "MacDarwin Corporation". Malec dutifully cherry-steps away from writing about Eisley's (1979) profound discovery that Darwin, in his private essay of 1844, replicated Matthew's hugely important artificial versus natural selection explanatory analogy of differences, using the exact same example of trees raised in nurseries versus those growing in the wild. But this seemingly banned factual ingredient is in my book, and it is highly significant in terms of Gould's cherry-stepping to ignore it. Moreover, this important discovery by Eiseley is discussed in depth in my book regarding what the first to be second hypothesis tells us about Robert Mudie, David Low and their direct links to Darwin and his other influencers (see Sutton 2015b).
Perhaps what Gould left out and what Malac leaves out in his review of my book is all just an unfortunate dual-coincidence and has nothing at all to do with the seemingly de facto "banned ingredients" that must never be used by an ambitious academic wishing to succeed in a world dominated by powerful "MacDarwinists"? Here we are not talking about any kind of conspiracy, of course, just poor scholarship with a huge ‘state of denial’ bias towards not presenting any facts that challenge the tri-independent discovery paradigm.
'So many philosophers and historians of science struggle in vain in futile efforts to prove that since the past of science is noble and glorious, it is free of error. And then historians of science undertake the impossible task of sweeping all these fine errors under the rug. And when they fail to do so, they blame.'
The fact that the newly discovered bombshell discomfiting facts overturn prior mere knowledge beliefs, has clearly led some scientists to react dishonorably by embarking upon desperate attempts to impugn the reputation of the discover in order to bully them into silence and discourage others from learning new - palpably superior - knowledge. These dysologically unethical scientists behave this way because they have a career-stake in promoting at the expense of veracity. In sum, unethical attempts at fact burial is a career decision. Another who attempted this fools errand is Dr George Beccaloni - Curator of the Wallace Collection of the Natural History Museum, London, having first been caught trying to convince others about my book being wrong, even though he had not even read it (see here), was subsequently proven wrong at every turn whenever he followed me on various sites in order to try to debate the facts with me. Beccaloni hilariously switched from attacker to victim and cried that I was bullying him! You can read the facts on that episode and access the debate in question via one of my blog posts (click here).
George Beccaloni later admitted to my publisher Bob Butler of Thinker Media that he had not even read my book
The Seemingly de facto Facts that are, Apparently, Not Welcome in a "Matthew and MacDarwin Corporation Sandwich" and the apparently de-facto unwritten "rules" for dealing with them
Delusional Darwin Scholars
Does it really matter?
I would direct anyone asking me this question about whether historical facts in the history of scientific discovery really matter to Edzard Ernst's (2015) book 'A Scientist in Wonderland'. In that book, Ernst tells the story of how his presentation of the facts that homeopathic remedies have never been proven to be effective as a medicine led to his professional persecution by employees of Prince Charles and Exeter University, effectively undermining his health and forcing him into early retirement.
Ernst has written about how allowing scientific myths and fallacies, and denying dis-confirmingfacts, created an enabling environment in which human atrocities flourished in Nazi Germany.
To necessarily invoke 'Godwin's Law', I suggest to anyone who does not see this point to go now and Google the phrase "The Man who refused to salute Hitler". Having done so, if reading the historical story of August Landmesser does not teach you anything then you have not learnt why it is important to learn from history when it is important to know exactly when the "majority view" is held by independently verifiable hard-fact denying idiots. Because if we fail to learn such lessons then we will be forever doomed to repeat the past mistakes of humankind. And that is one definition of living in Hell.
Paradoxically, supporting - or else being indifferent towards - a proven idiotic "majority view" is seemingly the safest immediate bet for any one individual. This observation explains both psychologically and sociologically why so many people, including scientists, supported the Nazis in wartime Germany and why so many biologists comply with the uncomfortable fact denying practices corporate Darwinism. But in the long term, the group - meaning more of the individuals in it - suffers terribly for failing to address the truth by studying the real facts of any matter and then admitting they are veracious and interpreting, rationally, what they mean. Ironically, we are talking here about the need to "adapt or die" at the immediate and long term individual and group level.
History teaches us that we humans do rather badly when we fail to adapt to new facts. And that is why we should all care more about veracity and less about the more immediate pressing career demands to conform to today's corporate university and "MacDarwin" culture.
When Dr Mike Weale accused me of creating my own Supermyth about Matthew and Darwin, I challenged him to debate that issue with me before his peers, on camera. I have given many talks on the topic of Darwin’s plagiarism of Matthews’ discovery at universities such as the University of Liverpool and the James Hutton Institute, and other prestigious locations such as the historic Conway Hall in London. Weale refused my invitation on the grounds that he feared I would mock him in public.
Perhaps Weale is right to be afraid. One needs to bring facts to a fact fight and all Weale has, as revealed in his feeble attempts to debate with me on his website, are nought but a set of mere beliefs and opinions, all of which are completely debunked by the independently verifiable “New Data” facts that have so upset him.
Most Darwin Scholars are cannily indifferent to the paradigm changing New Data facts
Moreover, on the topic of Supermyths, I was invited in 2016 to write an article for the prestigious newsletter of the organisation HealthWatch: for Science and integrity in medicine (you can see a snippet of it highlighted online here). The article is an important one, because it explains how my busting of the spinach, Popeye and Iron decimal point supermyth reveals the hypocritical irony of the scientific community using an unfounded myth as though it were veracious evidence of the need check data before making it public or credulously disseminating it. On which note, Professor Steve Jones (FRS) a most famous Darwin Scholar is a notable patron of Health Watch. We can only hope therefore that the Supermyth message will somehow “knowledge contaminate” his brain. Because he is sure to read it. The supermyth concept, as I has evolved from spinach to the story of Matthew and Darwin, will not go away and I was rather flattered a fortnight ago when the science journalist Daniel Engbar wrote a very thoughtful article on the topic “Who will Debunk the Debunkers?”
Alarmingly, there are scientists and historians of science working in our universities today who are prepared to deny that facts exist, or else - for whatever reason - to mislead the public about their existence and what they mean for the history of scientific discovery. Their behaviour is now data for psychologists and sociologists to study in order to know how and why individuals and groups behave in such a biased and reprehensible way.
Darwinists, named for their much deified hero, have traditionally worshipped Darwin for his honesty, integrity and originality. The "real facts" prove they have been worshipping nothing more than a lying, replicating glory thief. In other words, they have credulously bet their careers on the wrong scientist. We should not expect an admission of this inevitability to be forthcoming anytime soon. Because esteemed research (Kuhn 1962) teaches us that paradigm changes in science take time and are at first met with fierce resistance. I think I have demonstrated some early examples of such fierce fact-denying and fact concealing resistance in this essay, by recording here, for historical purposes, the dreadfully abusive and pseudo-scholarly public, published, reactions of junior and senior Darwin scholars to the new independently verifiable, hard-evidence-led, natural selection discovery paradigm of 'More Likely Than Not Matthewian Knowledge Contamination'.
Darwinists, are compelled to deny the existence of or else the importance of the "New Data", because their worship of Darwin is like a stack of dominoes. If one of the "New Facts" is acknowledged then the whole stack tumbles.
Explanations for why expert Darwin scholars failed to see the obvious and significant fact that Darwin lied when confronted by Matthew in the Gardeners Chronicle in 1860, can be understood in terms of 'blindsight' cognitive bias, and other explanations provided by Cohen's (2001) States of Denial within the context of the so called "Darwin Industry" operating within a highly pervasive and controlling "corporate" framework. The same thing explains why, unlike I, they failed to "follow the data" on John Loudon.
Veracity regarding the data of how great discoveries are made is important. The history of scientific discovery informs us how scientists conduct their research. It teaches us how to avoid errors, when not to give up and how information of all kinds can be capitalised upon to make further quantum leaps in great thinking. In that regard, it is obvious that we need a veracious history of the discovery of natural selection, which is, arguably, the unifying theory of biology.
To re-phrase the old truism about data analysis of all kinds - "rubbish in - rubbish out." The majority view - whether held by the majority of Germans in Nazi Germany or the majority of scientists about Matthew and Darwin - can be held by idiots. The cases of Landmesser and Matthew teach us that. And that is a great and valuable lesson for mankind. But it may yet be lost on the majority. And to date it appears to be lost on Darwin scholars. To their shame.
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One of the major problems of contemporary Science is fraud: The extension of it and the lack of adequate mechanisms to stop and prevent it.
But fraud is not reduced to several hundred (or thousand) cases where results are invented, data modified or figures falsified according to the convenience of the authors. Fraud is not even limited to cases where articles in peer review journals, or even whole journals, are produced to satisfy particular interests.
Scientific fraud has profound causes that need to be investigated and uncovered. Some of them concern abusive use of language and excess of importance given to tradition. Both abuse of language and excessive support of tradition, can be done in favour of an authority, whose arguments are not anymore scientific.
Fraud includes also to copy, plagiarise results or ideas of another scientist.
Pierre Flourens (1794-1867), founder of Neurobiology and perpetual secretary of the Academy of Sciences of France during decades, in his book entitled Examen du livre de M Darwin sur l'Origine des Especes (1864) wrote:
Le fait est que Lamarck est le père de M. Darwin. Il a commencé son système.
Toutes les idées de Lamarck sont, au fond, celles de M. Darwin. M. Darwin ne le dit pas d'abord; il a trop d’art pour cela. Il effaroucherait son lecteur, et il veut le séduire; mais, quand il juge le moment venu, il le dit nettement et formellement.
(The fact is that Lamarck is the father of M. Darwin. He was who began his system.
All of Lamarck's ideas are, basically, those of Mr. Darwin. Mr. Darwin did not say it first, he had too much art to say it. It would have frightened his readers, and what he wanted was to seduce them, but the moment arrived, he says it clearly and formally.)
In fact, at the time of publication of The Origin of Species, it was known that Darwin had copied from Lamarck, who was the first to develop a theory of Evolution, more than he recognized in his book. It was also known that Darwin had copied from Patrick Matthew and from Edward Blyth, who wrote about Natural Selection before Darwin, without giving to these authors due credit in The Origin of Species.
To solve these questions, from the third edition of The Origin of Species Darwin wrote an Historical Sketch that is included before the Introduction and by which he tries to give credit to many authors he apparently "forgot" to quote properly in the course of the book.
Nevertheless though obvious for some, it was not so generally known that Darwin had read a book by PierreTrémaux, whose information he used in the Origin of Species without quoting the author. Trémaux is not even mentioned in the Historical Sketch.
Darwin copied. That was known at the time of publication of The Origin of Species. But in Science to know is not enough. Once you know something, you have to give proofs of it. And proofs depend of the technologies available at each moment.
Now, new technologies of information search in the Internet, have allowed Dr Sutton to prove that indeed Darwin copied from Patrick Matthew.
The data obtained by Dr Sutton and the way he has presented the results, in a book and a peer review scientific journal, are impeccable.
But now it seems that these results are not of the taste of the establishment. The scientific establishment (SE) wants, it seems, to maintain Darwin as the founding father of Evolution while the founding father of Evolution is Lamarck. The SE also wants to maintain Darwin as the inventor of Natural Selection. But! 1) The inventor of Natural Selection is Patrick Matthew and 2) Natural Selection is an erroneous concept that results from the mistake of confounding selection with breeding, demonstrating the lack of understanding of the role of selection in the breeding process.Selection is limited to the farms and there is no selection in nature. The farm is never a model for nature.
In his book, Pierre Flourens also indicated that Darwin was abusing of language and that Natural Selection was an erroneous concept (he called in French natural election to remark the oxymoron).
Playing with words is one of the main strategies of the authority (SE) to maintain a position of force. But in science, scientific authority is also oxymoron, because the only authority in science (SE) must be based in reason, not in word games.
Not surprisingly then, one of the first effects of confronting Darwinism that Dr Sutton has experienced, has been the confrontation with the Wikipedia editors. Wikipedia, the Newspeak Dictionary that Orwell predicted in his novel 1984, is an important strategy made by the Party to maintain the authority. The authority of the Party is interested in maintaining Darwin and Natural Selection at the basis of Science. But Darwin copied from Matthew and Natural Selection is an oxymoron, a play of words that only generates much confusion.
Dr Sutton has published results showing that Darwin copied from Matthew. One would expect the general recognition of these results and as a consequence, many letters and articles of apologies and retractations by those authors that defend Darwin or have quoted him in the place where Matthew should be quoted. But what we see is completely different:
Instead or receiving acknowledgments for his discoveries, resulting of a well done work, Dr Sutton receives insults.
This is, unfortunately, the only signal that indicates the quality and irrefutability of Dr Sutton discovery. Insults only demonstrate the absence of arguments against Dr Sutton discoveries, i.e. claim the absence of arguments in defense of Darwin. Darwin copied.
It may take a longtime to recognize in the Scientific World that Darwin copied. This information is not coming from the sermon of a Creationist, but from hard and methodic work. The problem is that Pierre Flourens already wrote it in 1864.
Thank you for your most informative comment.
Regarding Lamarck - William (Jim) Dempster refers to his second book on Patrick Matthew and Darwin in a series of letters to Ian Hardie of the Patrick Matthew Trust in my exclusive publication of the Wavertree letters:
Dempster was dreadfully treated by the Darwin industry for having the temerity to point out Darwin's dishonesty.
I have known for over a year that Dr Mike Sutton's research on Darwin's plagiarism has been deliberately misrepresented by the scientific establishment. This evening, he invited me to read and write a comment on this article. To say anything I think is relevant.
As a black woman, living in England, I am for obvious reasons more familiar with Mike's published research findings on racist hate crime and related violence. I have been the victim of both. I first met Mike when he was very actively involved in fighting hate crimes through his research and conference organising in Nottingham. A number of years ago I saw him speak on the topic in Bologna in Italy and with Professor Barbara Perry in Berlin. His research on the Far Right BNP revealed what they thought they had deleted from the Internet. But they reckoned without it being found, saved and then shared with those of us who most need to know.
I actually know Mike very well and I know he is incensed that a fellow academic used such disgracefully violent language, with obvious "up your ars* explicitly male sex abuse connotations and that the abuser then published it on Twitter for thousands to see.
I am very proud of Mike for putting his head above the parapet and doing the right thing, as he has done with the violent and intimidating far right - by naming this disgraceful individual so that others may be protected from him.
Why after abusing you did this Derry man write a poison pen - he calls it an "open letter" email (I've seen it ) and send it to your friends in Scotland Mike and to the Courier newspaper? Why did they print some of Derry's comments on your work despite you showing their reporter Michael Alexander the abusive Tweet and explain that his comments were nonsense. That is confusing to me.
Wonderful memories of our adventures last century in Berlin and the beautiful and always delightful "Fat City". Where did the time go?
Anyone interested in reading how Internet archiving exposes the Far Right - please read my paper with Professor Cecile Wright:Finding the Far Right Online .
The Offence caused by J L Derry's explosion is huge.[Links removed - Only Thinkers can post links]
I thought there were RULES about hygienic use of language and POLICIES brought to bear on those who practised the use of foul language on Twitter, Facebook, Email and any other modern means of instantly communicating to the MASSES.
So, why hasn't J L Derry been expelled from TWITTER? He knows the RULES!!
J L Derry is unconcerned who else reads his foul-mouthed message (and perhaps criminally actionable) apart from Mike Sutton and all because J L Derry had no effective come-back to Mike Sutton's scholarly and rule-abiding conversation that he entered into with J L Derry (who left on Twitter that he was representing the Edinburgh University with his views.)
J L Derry's use of foul-mouthed language, used to intimidate and offend, only serves to fleetingly detract from the scholarly message that Sutton presents.
J L Derry should remember if he was or is in a position to influence young minds in an educational establishment such as Edinburgh University that as an educator he should present all angles of the argument and leave it up to the young minds to conclude who or what they choose to believe rather than to present his own views as LAW.
J L Derry and his views should be shunned by all who believe in FREE SPEECH and DEBATE in this 21st Century of ours.
These "age-old, corporate denial tactics" have reared their ugly heads before and throughout history.
Firstly, total denial of knowledge of the event.
Secondly, a phase of small acceptances but pleading mitigating circumstances.
Thirdly, acceptance and apologies for having misunderstood all these years.
Why, oh why don't those Darwinists READ and UNDERSTAND the works of Patrick Matthew before they launch into unfounded attacks.
If they read On Naval Timber and Arboriculture (January, 1831) slowly and carefully, reading the appropriate appendix section in its place in the main text, they will discover that in conceding priority to Patrick Matthew, Darwin incompletely quoted a section from On Naval Timber and Arboriculture in his Historical Sketch in The Origin of Species 6th Edition so giving a misleading, nay incorrect, reflection of Matthew's opinion and belief.
The Darwinists do not like anyone to read the Historical Sketch in the 6th and final Edition of The Origin of Species because Darwin concedes priority to Patrick Matthew.
Anyone ordering a recent edition of The Origin of Species gets that alone and NOT the Historical Sketch. Why is this? Because knowledge is power, and the Darwinists want to keep us plebs in the dark, in the 19th Century DARK!
For example, politicians and others targeted by The 'FREE' UK PRESS with misquotations, quotations taken out of context and even citing words that they didn't even say, have found it hard work to gainsay what is written in the PRESS. Once it is out there, it cannot be retracted but eventually an apology of sorts may be forthcoming. Communication is world wide in an instant these days and J L Derry should be more careful how he phrases his historical documents and NB educational establishments he claims to represent with his views.
Maybe if J L Derry had had the guts to attend Dr Mike Sutton's lecture at the Carse of Cowrie Sustainability Group on 17th March, 2016 - for he had prior knowledge of the date - he would have learned just where he is going wrong and not written a letter full of RIDICULOSITIES.
Having read On Naval Timber and Arboriculture (among other books), Dr Mike Sutton's e-book, Nullius in Verba: Darwin's Greatest Secret and his Polish Science Journal article 'On Knowledge Contamination' - and the Courier that reported on the subject but unfortunately fell into a common misinformation-creating naughtiness by quoting some hugely misleading text from J L Derry's disgraceful attempt at a scholarly letter to catch the eye of the masses, thereby rousing public opinion to comment on the report, hopefully. It depends very much how the text from J L Derry's letter was presented, i.e. the kind of words that introduced it, perhaps commented on it in the report, as to whether this treatment can be seen as a successful reporting ploy or just following the Darwinist wake. This is not to criticise by merely to inform on the ways of creating an emotionally-rousing, suspenseful reporting style.
The most relevant thing is that J L Derry was not at the lecture in Scotland, so draw your own conclusions as to whether his letter is ridiculous.
'If you don't have anything good to say, don't say anything at all' - is this now the Darwinist stance?
Thank you for your comment. It is most helpful. I must admit - in line with the comment above from Salomie - I too am rather perplexed by the behaviour of the press. But, without the facts of their thinking, we can only guess at their motives and insights, knowledge and lack of knowledge etc.
With regard to the completely unwarranted obscene vile and written abuse I have received on Twitter, indeed in the past in emails related to other topics than the discovery of natural selection- even from rather well known named professors - I have kept them all in electronic storage. If, how, when and why I publish that dreadful information is something I have been compelled to ponder recently. I may write a sociological book about the a particularly troublesome "C" word. I see a feminist scholar (Inga Muscio) has written a rather superb volume on the topic. But my take - as a male now in my late 50s - on the receiving end of the abusive use of the word there are other areas to explore in terms of cyber safety and the continued dominance of social media by those who seek to dominate it by using aggressive and obscene language, which has the consequence of driving away more gentle folk who feel uncomfortable - or violated - and so eventually to cease engagement in what should be a sphere where all are able to engage in international social congress to discuss ideas and promote their work or other cause. I think it is my duty as a husband and father of three to speak out and name those who behave in this abhorrent way. Doing so is an act of conscience. This is most certainly an under researched area of criminology. I have published on the topic of my past experience of email abuse in the workplace - indeed where the very same "C" word was used some 15 years ago with the renowned psychologist Professor Mark Griffiths in a co-authored chapter on "Emails with Unintended Consequences" in a volume entitled "As others See Us" in that volume I anonymised the perpetrator. Today he is a highly regarded professor. Today, I am not sure whether or not I now regret that I did not name him all those years ago. It would have caused a storm back then to have named him, and it would have terminated his academic career and reflected dreadfully upon his university, because it was also a racist incident involving other staff besides. But I think doing so would have - in one more small way perhaps - made the Internet a safer on more pleasantly civil place for us all. I think I missed a valuable research opportunity. I may now grasp it. I am not getting any younger, after all and time really does not wait as long as we think.
Moving on. Yes the Darwin scholars are a most remarkable group of academics.Their fact suppressing behaviour regarding Patrick Matthew's prior influence on 19th century science is a fascinating topic and one that will, I am sure, provide greater insights into human behaviour, and what we sociologists refer to as hegemony.
Yes, indeed, Dr Sutton, I have to agree with what you say. If you had entered into battle on issues concerning Abusive Texts, emails and the like, you may have influenced the situation regarding the youth of today - our security for the future in terms of Old Age Pension - from taking their own lives because of it.
I find it really sad that people in places of authority (I mean Edinburgh University particularly) do not take the necessary steps to stop or at least frustrate the people under their authority from having the opportunity to post such INTIMIDATION online and world wide, claiming to represent the views of such people in places of authority as well as the wider community. THEY DO NOT SPEAK FOR ANYONE BUT THEMSELVES but their comments hurt and may make the more sensitive in our community retire from the conversation, resign or take their own lives because of it.
It is NOT intellectual sparring. What social bores they are!
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You are right. It is a terrible thing that malicious communications on social media drives some to suicide and causes mental illness. This is why the Malicious Communication Act mandates a maximum sentence of 6 months imprisonment for those found guilty.
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