Probably the best known or talked about scientific hoax or possibly prank in the world. The amateur archeologist Charles Dawson discovered a skull in a Pleistocene earth layer near Piltdown, East Sussex in 1912. Together with professional archeologist Arthur Smith Woodward he found more bones and the reconstruction of a skeleton pointed to the “missing link” between ape and Man.
But questions and doubts plagued the story. In 1953, after 41 years, it was abundantly clear that the Piltdown remains were undoubtedly false. To this day we don’t know who forged the findings. Was it Dawson himself, wanting fame and fortune, or was it someone playing a prank on him?
We are now 30 years on in the Anthropogenic Global Warming climate scare. We are constantly bombarded with one scary scenario after another. Most of it, if not all, is the result of theoretical modelling based on incomplete understanding of how climate works. How certain can we be that none of the basic claims for how of the climate works is not the product of a hoax or a prank? How many false positives have been constructed and taken at face value?
With an abundance of question marks littering the pages of the scientific claims of AGW, why are so many of our politicians so eager to vote incalculable measures into active law?