PSY352H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Arthur Keith, Scientific Method, Sensei

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Lecture 5 Jan 21 2014
Lecture 4 slides
· Professional team presenting data that did not make sense
· Too good to be true
· Fujimura’s motivation
o Money? he didn’t get rich over this, but he did have a job
o Pride?-
o Group security and respect of colleagues
o Nationalism (completion with china)
o Mental illness?
· Give the ppl what they want
o Desire to believe trumps skepticism
· Don’t be too successful
o It’ll build resentment and suspicion
· Learn from your mistakes-not the first time they done this, take advantage
o Criticisms teach how to avoid getting caught
· An imperfect hoax: why?-shocked, but the Japanese weren’t at all
· Is the Japanese case unique?
· Prof Serizawa- was the sensei at that time, everyone respected him, he is an academic
leader of this Paleolithic group, Fujimura bought dinner, making himself look like a good
guy, so Fujimura moved into that inner circle with Prof, Kajiwara and the Sensei
· You would not be critical within your own group, you will attack another group
· It is very difficult for scientists to be objective
· Text from Prof. Takamiya’s email
· No one heard from F’s case, the Japanese said the video should be erased, no one
claims to have it, this case has been withdrawn
· Why did this happen for 20 years? Japanese arc, is not used as a science, the
scientific method is not used, main question is what happened when?
· The research team and F have been gone, no one knows where they are
Lecture 5 slides
· The Piltdown (P) hoax did not impact ppl that much, b/c those who
discovered it were dead by that time
· The suspects-who did it, but its not relevant, the main question is why? And
why did it last for so long.
o Main suspect- Charles Dawson- he was an active forger
How this hoax happened? How evolution took place was unclear during the 1900s
Timeline- there just wasn’t enough to go with evolution, so this fossil the P fit with the
evolutionary line
· Before Piltdown, homo Heidelbergensis was found, the crania was not like the
modern humans, lots of action in 1912, in 1915 dawson died, and no more fossils were
found after his death
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