Courtesy of Canada's screeching, Catholic loon (no, that would be Canada's other screeching Catholic loon), we have a perfectly plausible conspiracy theory involving, oh, the world's entire scientific community:
In the wake of frantic efforts to discredit biochemist Mike Behe's new book, The Edge of Evolution, a lawyer friend writes to say,
Asking the mainstream science community to declare that new discoveries in molecular biology and DNA render materialism inadequate to explain life is like asking someone to declare that his skills have become outmoded and obsolete, unable to solve the new problems facing us. To ask someone to declare his own obsolescence triggers some pretty strong emotions, and some powerful emotional resistance, and counter-accusations. In the words of the poet Dylan Thomas, they "Do not go gentle into that good night" and they "rage, rage against the dying of the light." Thus, the emotional vehemence exhibited by the mainstream side is what we should expect, ...
Yes, exactly. And I have seen it in so many venues - social workers discussing welfare dependency, teachers discussing the relationship between strict standards and performance, police officers discussing the usefulness of current drug laws, dieticians discussing the usefulness of weight loss diets, media people denying a liberal bias* that is confirmed by virtually every political science study - NO ONE wants to hear findings, however impeccably produced and presented, that challenge the routine thinking with which their prospects and prestige are entangled.
Denyse would have been happy to further expound on the reluctance of people to hear findings that challenge their thinking but, sadly, she was already late for her church group meeting where she was going to present on the inviolability of Catholic Church doctrine, including the Holy Trinity, transubstantiation and the joys of a geocentric universe.
Oh, and the evils of Teh Homos. That, too.