In another thread I was asked a question as to whether there is scientific evidence which establishes that monkeys were produced by the grafting process as proposed by Elijah Muhammad
As i began to prepare my response I thought that it would be better if I said the following beforehand.
Science is developed by a very specific methodology which is called the “Scientific Method”. One of the key components of this method is the hypothesis.
A hypothesis is A tentative explanation for an observation, phenomenon, or scientific problem that can be tested by further investigation.-(http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/hypothesis)
The explanation offered within a hypothesis is tentative because it is generated by existing beliefs. Meaning, it is biased. The view determined by mere observation is subject to the person making the observation. Which is why vigorous testing must follow, along with sufficient repeatability, before a hypothesis will be considered as an established theory.
There is a concept called “social constructionism” where the idea of a social construct is derived. A social construct is a social mechanism, phenomenon, or category created and developed by society; a perception of an individual, group, or idea that is `constructed' through cultural or social practice – Webster’s Dictionary
Scientists tend to ask questions, and form hypotheses around the way we already view the world. There is a normative view point from which scientist draw questions. In academic circles there are subjects which are considered “taboo”, or academically prohibited. There are subjects which are completely off limits if you want to be taken seriously by your peers, such as the existence of Unicorns, mermaids, Shangri-La, Extraterrestrial visitations, Loch Ness Monsters, Ghosts, telepathy, telekinesis, pre-historic advanced civilizations along the Nile or Indus Valley, Astrology, etc…
These things are not considered worthy of serious scientific investigation, and therefore, you will not find many academically generated papers regarding the above. The mere mention of a study into the aforementioned will probably earn you the label “quack”…
Who funds the study of a postgraduate or Ph. D? How difficult would it be to get funding for a study on the existence of mermaids?
Do Mermaids exist? Who knows? Is there evidence to support their existence? Yes...There are several reports from credible witnesses who have observed creatures which could be described as mer-men. However, me mentioning that, just now, made a few people laugh..It made me chuckle..But of course I think I have made my point.
To prove that Monkeys were produced by a process of grafting would require that I examine the existing evidence which is applied toward another theory, and demonstrate how this same evidence supports something which lies outside of the social constructs of the West….
There are Countries like the Former Soviet Union, and Germany who have invested real attention into ideas and theories which would be laughed at here in the West..America..Is not the world..
Is there room for the Taboo subject??