On a post yesterday by Fur about a baby being a clump of cells, Tim made a comment about the belief in the transmogrification of matter. This made me think about something I studied in college, the idea that human embryos, during the early months of pregnancy, went through evolutionary stages. The theory was developed by Ernst Haeckel, who studied medicine and science and was professor of zoology from the 1860s – 1900s. He ‘proved’ that human embryos evolved from having fish gills and monkey tails, etc., during the first few months of development.
Simply, what he did was to take drawings of embryos of a number of different animal and reptile species that were drawn by other scientists and altered them enough to make them look like the drawings of human embryos. This was accepted as fact for decades until Haeckel confessed his fraud in 1909. What is scary is that the confession did little to change the acceptance of his theory. Today, I believe this is part of the thinking behind “it’s just a clump of cells” argument for abortion.
Watch this short video (4 minutes) that summarizes this issue nicely. But, talk about scary, there is one person in this video who believes that the ‘little bit’ of fraud used as proof is inconsequential because the theory is sound and today’s science proves it (without giving any details). Watch it and tell us what you think.