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Dr Mike Sutton is the author of 'Nullius in Verba: Darwin's greatest secret'.
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The Supermyth Phenomenon: News and Breakthroughs
Oct. 13, 2013 11:19 am
The phenomenon of the Supermyth was first published here on Best Thinking to bust the myth about a decimal point error in the iron content of spinach leading to it it being the secret of Popeye’s superpowers and generations of children being forced to eat the slimy muck.
Half Life of Fcts
The story has now jumped from this website into the pages of a book published by the Penguin Group.
Interestingly, despite the fact that those ludicrously muddle-headed replicating plagiarizers at Wikipedia refuse to cite Best Thinking - yet hypocritically steal its unique information - Arbesman's book does reference the article and the Best Thinking website. Anyway, I digress...
Sam Arbesman’s The Half Life of Facts: Why Everything we Know Has and Expiration Date was updated between the hard back and the paper version in order to take account of my article: The Spinach, Popeye, Iron, Decimal Error Myth is Finally Busted,
Supermyths, of which braced myths are a sub-type - are ironic unintended, or else a deliberate and disingenuous, consequences of fallacy dissemination. Supermyths have very specific components:
1. The creation of a fallacy, myth or error by an orthodox expert.
2. Being used by another expert who in turn promotes it as being ‘true, and whilst still thinking that it is true either promotes it as a good example of the need to be healthily skeptical of bad scholarship, or else:
3. compounds the myth by using it as a premise upon which to build one or more supporting myths.
Braced myths are supermyths that have been pointedly deployed by orthodox scholars in order to bust another specific myth or fallacy. The braced myth hypothesis is that using one myth as a specific mythbusting device in this way braces the supermyth to make it further entrenched and therefore more difficult to prevent it being credulously disseminated as veracious knowledge.
The Greatest Science Fraud Ever Discovered was Perpetrated by Charles Darwin
My latest research onto the supermyth phenomenon, with the aid of hi-tech research techniques, has enabled me to discover and prove beyond any reasonable doubt that Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace plagiarized the entire concept of natural selection from the botanist Patrick Matthew.
Darwin always claimed he had no prior knowledge of Matthew's hypothesis. I have new proof, found in the 'hidden books in the library' that he most likley di read it, as did Wallace and as definately did many naturalists who were in their very close 'professional' and social networks - because they actually cited it pre-1858.
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