What You Believe is Not Important

It is important you believe what is true.

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Before Piltdown Man was proved to be a hoax and less than 700 years old, experts had estimated that it was between 500,000 and 1,000,000 years old. Oh so close!

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3 comments
  1. Chris said:

    “experts had estimated that it was between 500,000 and 1,000,000 years old.”

    Reference it or face the inevitable ridicule.

    There is only one thing worse than learning form experience….

  2. Chris said:

    … that’s not learning from experience.

    From the outset, some scientists expressed skepticism about the Piltdown find. G.S. Miller, for example, observed in 1915 that “deliberate malice could hardly have been more successful than the hazards of deposition in so breaking the fossils as to give free scope to individual judgment in fitting the parts together.”

    Miller, Gerrit S. (November 24, 1915), “The Jaw of the Piltdown Man”, Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections 65 (12): 1

    The “experts” you refer to?

    In all seriousness. This is yet another example of how just about ‘anything’, literally ‘anything’ can be triumphed as a truth claim. The standards by which religious apologists appear to need to meet to suggest they have something that’s resembles an honest contribution to a debate should be enough to make anyone worry.

    This blogger has been constantly outed and exposed, without defence, to the most shallow attempts at quote mining and other equally insidious distortions. Yet for some completely unknown reason, the shallowness appears to deepens with every step.

  3. Of course they were skeptical and so should you be for it was plainly nonsense requiring a vivid imagination and remarkably blinded faith to believe.

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