Don’t Place Scientists on a Moral Pedestal, They’re People Too

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by Rebecca Taylor

Stem CellsIn our culture, we idolize scientists. Often John Q. Public fails to question what scientists are doing or the money they ask for because there is the assumption that scientists are altruistic. Even more often, anyone who does question the ethics of the research or the public policy that provides money to ethically-suspect research is labeled “anti-science.”

We have no problem believing that CEOs or bankers would commit fraud, but put on a white coat and that becomes a difficult sell. Venerating scientists like they are rock stars, doesn’t help.

And yet fraud in the scientific community is a problem. The Scientist outlines the “Top Science Scandals of 2012.” A fascinating read filled with made-up data and fictional patients. One Japanese scientist fabricated data in 172 papers over his career. A particularly clever fraud perpetrated by scientists, was to refer journal editors back to themselves for reviews of their papers:

Rather than falsify data in order to get published, researchers have taken a new tack this year by writing glowing expert reviews for their own papers. When asked by journal editors to suggest names of experts in their field who were not involved in their research, at least four submitting authors suggested names and emails that then forwarded back to their own inboxes. The trend, first reported by Retraction Watch, was caught by one journal editor when author Hyung-In Moon, assistant professor at Dong-A University in Busan, South Korea, offered up names of reviewers with Google and Yahoo rather than university email accounts.

Are all scientists unethical? Absolutely not. But we cannot continue to treat all scientists with kid gloves. Scientists are people too. They are just as subject to the temptations of ethically-suspect behaviors as bankers and CEOs.

Which is why I have always said scientists are scientists, not philosophers, not ethicists, and certainly not lawmakers. To suggest that we should leave the decision about what is moral scientific research up to the just the scientists is like suggesting we should leave what constitutes ethical business practices up to corporate CEOs.

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for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
[Romans 3:23 ESV]

Yes, this also includes scientists.

Man is so sin-saturated that it affects everything we do and it’s only by the Holy Spirit that we are led to any kind of Biblical truth. Such is the dire state of the human soul and the desperate need we all have for Christ as Savior.

Unfortunately, the only people in the position to perform science are scientists which often leaves the rest of us unquestionably accepting scientific interpretation based upon bad philosophy in the areas of human origins and man-made climate change.

SCIENCE will never solve the origins debate… why?

God Is Not Silent on Man-Made Climate Change

On this site I refer to the United Nations attempt to dissolve the sovereignty of individual countries to control the world as the New Western Age. The NWA is attempting to accomplish this through a scientific dictatorship.  Human evolutionary theory is its engine with the coming carbon tax as the fuel.

Humanistic science claims we are only animals.  Therefore, we can practice such things as homosexuality, euthanasia, abortion, war, genocide, etc., without any real consequence. We are living in a day where peer review and scientific consensus have taken the place of actual scientific fact.  The beginnings of this scientific dictatorship are emerging and Man is thought of as a soulless, chemically-controlled product of his environment with no purpose and no real right to exist.

But be encouraged! The amazing thing is that God’s Word is not any less relevant now than it has been since the beginning.

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.
[Colossians 2:6-10 ESV]


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