Google Scholar, stop including creationist sources: Petition

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Google Scholar, stop including creationist sources: Petition

#1  Postby Shrunk » Jan 24, 2011 2:15 pm

Background (Preamble):

There are several nonscholarly sources appearing on Google Scholar. These nonscholarly sources are AnswersInGenesis.org, Creation.com (Creation Ministries International), and ICR.org (Institute for Creation Research). These three groups do not produce scholarly material.

The information in their publications is deeply biased to represent Young Earth Creationism. The material that they publish is devoid of real scientific research and yet attempts to present it as if it were real scientific research. On top of this, these organizations also give out incorrect information as a way to dissuade people from believing real scientific research into matters such as the age of the Earth, and the validity of scientific knowledge such as the Theory of Evolution by natural selection.

Because Google Scholar has some weight, especially to youths doing research for class, it is highly inappropriate for these articles to show up under Google Scholar. Articles such as these, that have a distinct religious agenda and even go as far as giving incorrect information about science, should not be allowed on Google Scholar.

Petition:

We, the undersigned, call for Google Scholar to remove the works of Answers in Genesis, Creation Ministries International, and the Institute for Creation Research from the Google Scholar search engine because they do not produce scholarly work.


If you agree, you can sign here.
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Re: Google Scholar, stop including creationist sources: Peti

#2  Postby Weaver » Jan 24, 2011 2:36 pm

Saw this on Pharyngula - not sure whether it will absolutely have the desired result, but hopefully it will cause some people to think a bit more.

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#3  Postby Calilasseia » Jan 24, 2011 2:43 pm

Signed. My comment is publicly visible. :)
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#4  Postby Spearthrower » Jan 24, 2011 2:48 pm

Calilasseia wrote:Signed. My comment is publicly visible. :)


Mine too. :cheers:
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#5  Postby chairman bill » Jan 24, 2011 2:54 pm

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#6  Postby Nautilidae » Jan 24, 2011 3:32 pm

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#7  Postby Bribase » Jan 24, 2011 3:34 pm

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#8  Postby ramseyoptom » Jan 24, 2011 3:57 pm

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#9  Postby cherries » Jan 24, 2011 4:07 pm

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#10  Postby trubble76 » Jan 24, 2011 4:15 pm

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#11  Postby Oeditor » Jan 24, 2011 4:39 pm

Signed and commented. Now up to 1542.
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#13  Postby natselrox » Jan 24, 2011 5:00 pm

Signed.

I'm only Signer #1658. :(
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#14  Postby Darkchilde » Jan 24, 2011 5:04 pm

natselrox wrote:Signed.

I'm only Signer #1658. :(


Hey, about 10 minutes ago I was No. 1608.
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#15  Postby natselrox » Jan 24, 2011 5:08 pm

Darkchilde wrote:
natselrox wrote:Signed.

I'm only Signer #1658. :(


Hey, about 10 minutes ago I was No. 1608.


That's great! :smile:
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#16  Postby pensioner » Jan 24, 2011 5:11 pm

I signed over 1700 now.
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#17  Postby GenesForLife » Jan 24, 2011 5:28 pm

I was 1716, so there defo are people signing at a quick rate.
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#18  Postby CJ » Jan 24, 2011 5:36 pm

1779 for me Jerry Coyne just beat me to it!
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Re: Google Scholar, stop including creationist sources: Peti

#19  Postby Ian Tattum » Jan 24, 2011 5:45 pm

Shrunk wrote:
Background (Preamble):

There are several nonscholarly sources appearing on Google Scholar. These nonscholarly sources are AnswersInGenesis.org, Creation.com (Creation Ministries International), and ICR.org (Institute for Creation Research). These three groups do not produce scholarly material.

The information in their publications is deeply biased to represent Young Earth Creationism. The material that they publish is devoid of real scientific research and yet attempts to present it as if it were real scientific research. On top of this, these organizations also give out incorrect information as a way to dissuade people from believing real scientific research into matters such as the age of the Earth, and the validity of scientific knowledge such as the Theory of Evolution by natural selection.

Because Google Scholar has some weight, especially to youths doing research for class, it is highly inappropriate for these articles to show up under Google Scholar. Articles such as these, that have a distinct religious agenda and even go as far as giving incorrect information about science, should not be allowed on Google Scholar.

Petition:

We, the undersigned, call for Google Scholar to remove the works of Answers in Genesis, Creation Ministries International, and the Institute for Creation Research from the Google Scholar search engine because they do not produce scholarly work.


If you agree, you can sign here.

Can I ask a really stupid question first? Being a technophobe I had not even been aware of Google Scholar before today so am a bit confused about the criteria for the inclusion of ' information' there. I just searched the topic UFO and found a mixture of the serious and the cranky, so I was wondering if you think all fringe stuff should be removed or is creationist matter a special case because of the vehemence of those wishing to push that particular brand of pseudo-science, making it particularly dangerous?
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#20  Postby GenesForLife » Jan 24, 2011 5:49 pm

Ian, ideally one would want all fringe stuff to be removed, cretinism is just the flagbearer for the cranky stuff in there.
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