How many times have you heard someone say that science is neutral or unbiased? To tell the truth, science is unbiased. It’s our interpretation of science that becomes biased and if anyone tells you otherwise, they are denying the truth. Everyone brings their own foundational beliefs to every aspect of life, including our interpretation of science.
Sometimes those biases are so strong that the individual seems to be incapable of accepting the obvious evidence provided by science. Allow me to give you two examples from personal experience.
In a previous article, I mentioned that I had attended the Dino Fest 98 Symposium in Philadelphia. There were two papers presented at this symposium that best exemplifies just how much one’s bias can affect their actions and understanding of the truth. Mind you this was less than a year after the acclaimed report of the first feathered dinosaur, Sinosauropteryx, had been reported.
One of the presenters gave a paper on how the tubercles of a reptile such as a dinosaur could develop into feathers. His explanation was that ‘given’ the tubercle could form a depression and then ‘given’ that the depression in the tubercle could form a hollowed area and then ‘given’ that the right chemicals could form to create a lining within the hollow and then ‘given’ that these chemicals could develop into a follicle and then ‘given’ that the follicle could grow a shaft and then ‘given’ that the shaft could develop veins and then ‘given’ the veins could form the barbells and other structures necessary for a fully formed feather. Yes, he consistently used the word ‘given’. He had absolutely no proof of anything he said. His entire paper was based on one speculation after another without a shred of real science involved. I felt like I had just heard a myth like the world being born on the back of a turtle which is on the back of another turtle and so on. Yet, this paper was very well accepted and he received rave reviews by those sitting in the audience.
Later that same day, two other evolutionary scientists presented their paper concerning the frills along the back of the Sinosauropteryx fossil that many had tried to interpret as feathers or proto-feathers. These two scientists had taken a number of large monitor lizards and had skinned them. In the process, they found that there was a think collagen layer that ran along the backbone under the skin and in a number of those lizards that they skinned, this collagen layer frayed, resulted in a very similar appearance as that seen in the fossil. I was appalled when a large number of the audience started shouting and yelling at the two scientists and accusing them of bad science. I had never witnessed such rude behavior at an evolutionary event. (I have had atheists try to do the same to some of my creation talks some years ago until I challenged them.)
In the matter a few short hours, I was witness to the effects of a very strong bias by member of the evolutionary community. Their biases were so strong that they openly embraced an conjectured myth and rejected real science.
I reminded me of Matthew 13:11-14 when Christ said, “Because it is given unto you to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables, because they seeing, do not see: and hearing, they hear not, neither understand. So in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which prophecy saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand, and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive.”
The truth had been so hidden from these scientists that even though they heard and saw good solid science, they could not understand or perceive it.