March 25, 2005

Scientific American throws in the towel.

The editors of Scientific American finally admit that they've been unethically skewing their coverage of scientific issues:

There's no easy way to admit this. For years, helpful letter writers told us to stick to science. They pointed out that science and politics don't mix. They said we should be more balanced in our presentation of such issues as creationism, missile defense and global warming. We resisted their advice and pretended not to be stung by the accusations that the magazine should be renamed Unscientific American, or Scientific Unamerican, or even Unscientific Unamerican. But spring is in the air, and all of nature is turning over a new leaf, so there's no better time to say: you were right, and we were wrong.

In retrospect, this magazine's coverage of so-called evolution has been hideously one-sided. For decades, we published articles in every issue that endorsed the ideas of Charles Darwin and his cronies. True, the theory of common descent through natural selection has been called the unifying concept for all of biology and one of the greatest scientific ideas of all time, but that was no excuse to be fanatics about it. Where were the answering articles presenting the powerful case for scientific creationism? Why were we so unwilling to suggest that dinosaurs lived 6,000 years ago or that a cataclysmic flood carved the Grand Canyon? Blame the scientists. They dazzled us with their fancy fossils, their radiocarbon dating and their tens of thousands of peer-reviewed journal articles. As editors, we had no business being persuaded by mountains of evidence.

Unfortunately, the full editorial is available only if you pay. But a little bird tells us that Too Much and Too Little has posted the full text here.

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Posted by: TABS Golden at March 25, 2005 02:56 PM

I like my Scientific American with extra snark.

Posted by: Tracey at March 25, 2005 04:05 PM

Dang was one of those endangered ones, wasn't it? They got an agenda, ya' know...

Posted by: palamedes at March 25, 2005 10:42 PM