It’s one thing to say something like: “Why in the name of God, doesn’t this machine work?”, But it’s entirely another to use God as a premise in a scientific paper. According to a recent report, God was cited in a scientific paper, a fact which enraged the whole scientific community.
We should say that it’s not every day we are regaled with a comprehensible scientific tale which says that God is the premise of any scientific supposition and observation.
Although some would argue that religion and science are one and the same, we believe it’s much healthier to assume that science has its own religion like religion has its own science. Unfortunately, there are many who would dismiss even the most astute scientifical reasoning by saying that this is not the will of God.
In fact, one emerging pseudoscience called creationism, believes that man’s evolutionary process and existence can only be explained by the presence of a higher intelligence.
Of course, as one would expect, there are many scientists out there who dismiss any theory based on a religious view. For instance, Stephan Hawking, unarguably one of the most preeminent scientific minds since Albert Einstein, said on many occasion that there is, and there was no God.
Moreover, the veteran scientist also said that religion should be kept out of schools.
Now, the reason the scientific community got up on the wrong side of the bed is because of an article published in an illustrious online scientific journal. A couple of weeks ago, the PLOS One online journal issued a paper about the evolutionary mechanism of the human hand.
The paper, which also bore a long and dull title, had all it took to pass as a rigorous scientific endeavor. However, upon a closer lecture, a subscriber identified several passaged where the author or the authors of the paper invoked the so-called divine design.
Make no mistake, the angry reader said in a formal letter addressed to the scientific journal. The passage containing that aberration was not a typo or a figure of speech. As the angry science aficionado went on, the whole theory laid before his eyes were based on the fact that there is an invisible man out there in the sky who made sure that man is perfect in every sense.
The reader ended his letter by saying that he will immediately terminate his subscription because he feels that the journal is no longer a place of science. Moreover, shortly after this incident, other scientists picked up the thread of this transgression.
After finding out about this paper, the scientific community accused the author of religious superstitions and said that their paper has no scientific value whatsoever.
PLOS One also made amendments towards its readers, by saying that parts of the document were not curated by the editorial board. Apart from expressing their apologies for this incident, PLOS One removed the faulty article from its site.