And then I woke up.
In any case, I and the Watchtower people separately arrived at the finding that scientists are human, fallible, egotistical, insecure, devious; that is, from the same gene pool you and I come from.
And please notice the language in some quotes from our book that I mentioned earlier, under the Ch. 2 subhead, "Evolution under assault" (emphasis added):
[quote] Paleontologist Niles Eldredge, a prominent evolutionist, said: "The doubt that has infiltrated the previous, smugly confident certitude of evolutionary biology's last twenty years has inflamed passions." He spoke of the "lack of total agreement even within the warring camps," and added, "things really are in an uproar these days . . . Sometimes it seems as though there are as many variations on each [evolutionary] theme as there are individual biologists."4
Evolutionist [Francis] Hitching agreed, saying: "Feuds concerning the theory of evolution exploded . . . Entrenched positions, for and against, were established in high places, and insults lobbed like mortar bombs from either side." He said that it is an academic dispute of far-reaching proportions, "potentially one of those times in science when, quite suddenly, a long-held idea is overthrown by the weight of contrary evidence and a new one takes its place."6 [end quote]
Endnote 4: Natural History, "Evolutionary Housecleaning," by Niles Eldredge, February 1982, pp. 78, 81.
Endnote 6: 2. The Neck of the Giraffe, by Francis Hitching, 1982, p. 7,8.
Hitching's book is well-known, and Natural History. is peer-reviewed, I think.
And Hitching's last comment reminds me of the reception given Alfred Wegener's theory of continental drift: A nasa.gov site for children says merely that "Wegener's Continental Drift theory was not readily accepted by the science community of his day." But I remember a Scientific American article from the 60s, when plate tectonics was beginning to explain Wegener's ideas, that showed "not readily accepted" was a euphemism for "ridiculed," as is often the case. That article, which did an excellent job of explaining the whole idea, was one of the first to ring in the new data from mapping of the continental shelves, not the landforms themselves. Underwater, as you no doubt know, Africa and S America cozy up quite nicely.
My own experiences involve, among others, the changing view of Neanderthal man and the all-too-human reasons for the changes. And perhaps you're familiar with New Mexico's own dirty laundry: Sandia man.
Maybe the tone of calm assessment in your post is because you haven't looked out your window lately to see if your own ox is being gored.
Remember: Publish or perish!
Regards, Doug in New Mexico