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How can you deny that as recently as '79, the public school biology text books actually taught that the 'piltdown man' was a 'missing link'? Even the Church of Scientology today still teaches this to be fact!

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public school does not equal Church of Scientology

5/12/2008 5:45:03 AM


'79's not that recent. That's when my mother graduated high school. I'll ask her if she's heard of it.

5/12/2008 6:05:34 AM

Jack Bauer

As recently as 1611 the King James Version of the babble taught that the world was made in 6 days...

5/12/2008 12:09:44 PM


I don't deny it at all. One of the great things about science is that it can correct itself in the light of new data. '79 was almost 30 years ago, and we've come a long way since then. That PC you typed your post on, contains 100 times more processing power than NASA had to put a man on the moon. Communications have increased 10 fold in coverage and 50 fold in speed. Now, what was your point in referring back to '79?

5/12/2008 12:31:58 PM

Quantum Mechanic


It was called a hoax in my biology class in the early 60's.

5/12/2008 1:10:54 PM




Please DON'T tell me that he confused science with scientology. I don't want to lose my faith in humanity... again.

11/13/2008 10:10:12 PM


yeah well Scientology is whacked out.

Good thing Scientology is not science.

11/13/2008 10:21:24 PM

The Piltdown affair ended in 1950. Fourty nine years later in the books?. I don't think so.

3/10/2010 4:57:23 AM


The only people keeping the Piltdown Man thing alive are Creationists. They never mention is was declared fake by SCIENCE!

3/10/2010 6:57:04 AM


Even the Church of Scientology today still teaches this to be fact!
Scientology is to Science what Astrology is to Astrophysics. They have nothing whatsoever to do with each other.

3/10/2010 7:01:37 AM

Quantum Mechanic

"How can you deny that as recently as '79"

They didn't teach that in the 60's.

3/10/2010 7:03:13 AM

David B.

"How can you deny that as recently as '79, the public school biology text books actually taught that the 'piltdown man' was a 'missing link'?"

I can deny it because it isn't true. The hoax and it's history, probable perpetrators and target, methods, exposure and impact are covered at length in the 1972 book "The Piltdown Men" by Ronald Millar. The 1973 Time-Life book "The First Men" describes both the Piltdown hoax and how it was eventually uncovered (in 1953). Even the 1957 book "Fossil Men" by Boule and Vallois is quite explicit in calling the Piltdown find a hoax.

But I did find one book, from 2007 no less, that promoted Piltdown Man as a "missing link" and part man's evolutionary history. It was "The Evolution of Man Scientifically Disproved?" by William Williams.

So if Piltdown Man is still being touted as a "missing link" it is only as a strawman in a "good science" book for homeschoolers.

3/10/2010 7:17:32 AM


In my mind, if Scientology says something is a fact, that's a strong reason to treat the thing with a large amount of skepticism.

3/10/2010 7:35:16 AM


And science corrects itself as new facts come along.

9/9/2012 9:05:16 AM

32 years ago ? science does revise things as more evidence is found.

It was found in 1912, shown false in 1953.

Not a big deal really.

9/9/2012 9:19:26 AM

what textbox had piltdown man in it in 1979 ?

title and edition please.

9/9/2012 12:36:54 PM

Quantum Mechanic


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