“Zombie Cop”

This is part of a series checking Sutton’s claims regarding his “myth busting” CLAIM Myth — The widely held criminological ‘knowledge’ that foot patrol beat policing is ineffective at either arresting offenders or reducing crime is substantially supported by research conducted by Clarke and Hough (1984), which makes the claim that:‘…a patrolling policeman in London… Continue reading “Zombie Cop”

“Semmelweis”

This is part of a series checking Sutton’s claims regarding his “myth busting” CLAIM Myth — In the 19th Century Ignác Semmelweis solely implemented hand washing practices in hospitals, significantly cutting the death rate from childbed fever among mothers there to give birth. His failure to influence the medical community to take up this hygienic… Continue reading “Semmelweis”

“Humpty Dumpty”

This is part of a series checking Sutton’s claims regarding his “myth busting” CLAIM The Humpty Dumpty Myth. dysology.blogspot.com Nov. 29, 2013 TEST Humpty Dumpty and Punchinello have documented histories that do not coincide. There is an allusion only (“like”), to a similar body type, in Suton's offered poem, “Beau Humpty-dumpty next appears / A… Continue reading “Humpty Dumpty”

“X Marks the Spot”

This is part of a series checking Sutton’s claims regarding his “myth busting” CLAIM Myth — According to Rees, N. (1996) Cassell’s Dictionary of word and phrase origins, at page 271: ‘The actual phrase ‘x marks the spot’ appears to have originated from Chicago newspapers in the early days of gangsterism.’ Fact — The phrase… Continue reading “X Marks the Spot”

“What Works”

This is part of a series checking Sutton’s claims regarding his “myth busting” CLAIM Myth — Disseminated by a UK Government Briefing paper on the topic: ‘The term “what works” was first coined in 1974, when Robert Martinson argued that “education at its best, or … psychotherapy at its best, cannot overcome, or even appreciably… Continue reading “What Works”

“Underdog”

This is part of a series checking Sutton’s claims regarding his “myth busting” CLAIM Myth — Story to date: David Barker, a famous freemason, allegedly invented the metaphorical concept of humans as underling dogs in a popular poem which, according to legend, he wrote in 1859 and had published in various newspapers. To date, no… Continue reading “Underdog”

“Thick As Thieves”

This is part of a series checking Sutton’s claims regarding his “myth busting” CLAIM Myth — The phrase ‘thick as thieves’ was coined by Theodore Hook (1833) in his book ‘The Parson's Daughter’ where he famously wrote: "She and my wife are thick as thieves.’’ Fact — Hook never coined the phrase. Because it can… Continue reading “Thick As Thieves”

“Rocket Science”

This is part of a series checking Sutton’s claims regarding his “myth busting” CLAIM Myth — The phrase ‘rocket science’ was coined by Alfres[sic] Zaehringer in 1947. Fact — The exact phrase and contemporary meaning of ‘rocket science’ was anonymously published 15 years earlier in Popular Mechanics (1932) March. Page 464. TEST Sutton offers a… Continue reading “Rocket Science”

“Quiz”

This is part of a series checking Sutton’s claims regarding his “myth busting” CLAIM Myth — Several weird myths exist about this word, but the closest to reality is that ‘quiz’ entered the English language literature in 1781. Fact — The word quiz appeared two years earlier in Kelham, R. (1779) A dictionary of the… Continue reading “Quiz”

“One Medicine”

This is part of a series checking Sutton’s claims regarding his “myth busting” CLAIM Myth — Veterinary epidemiologist and parasitologist, Dr. Calvin W. Schwabe, of the University of California, coined the phrase ‘One Medicine’ in the 1960s, to promote the idea of unifying medical and veterinary medical approaches to tackle zoonotic diseases. Fact — The… Continue reading “One Medicine”

“Jerry Built”

This is part of a series checking Sutton’s claims regarding his “myth busting” CLAIM Myth — The phrases: ‘jerry houses,’ ‘jerry-builder’, ‘jerry built’, first emerged in 1869, but their etymological root remains unknown. Discussion — I conducted some extensive ID research on the etymological roots of this idiom, which produced some quite fascinating findings that… Continue reading “Jerry Built”

“Etymology”

This is part of a series checking Sutton’s claims regarding his “myth busting” CLAIM Myth — Weirdly, no dictionary of etymology appears to have examined the first use of the word etymology. Fact — The word etymology can be found as least as far back as 1607: Cowell, J, (1607) The Interpreter, Or, Booke Containing… Continue reading “Etymology”

“Cyberspace”

This is part of a series checking Sutton’s claims regarding his “myth busting” CLAIM Myth — It is universally accepted that the science fiction writer William Gibson invented the word cyberspace in a story called Burning Chrome – its use was expanded in Neuromancer in 1984. This is indeed correct. Fact — The little known… Continue reading “Cyberspace”

“Automobile”

This is part of a series checking Sutton’s claims regarding his “myth busting” CLAIM Myth — The word automobile entered the English language in the New York Times on January 3rd 1899. Fact — The word automobile entered the English language at least six years earlier than currently believed. In 1893 the word was used… Continue reading “Automobile”

“Hello”

This is part of a series checking Sutton’s claims regarding his “myth busting” CLAIM Myths – There are currently three myths associated with the word ‘hello’. Namely (1) Edison coined the word in 1878; (2) that it first occurred in print in 1833; (3) that ‘hello’ was not used as a greeting until after Edison… Continue reading “Hello”

“Bermuda Triangle”

This is part of a series checking Sutton’s claims regarding his “myth busting” CLAIM src: https://dysology.blogspot.com/2020/04/the-bermuda-triangle.html TEST This is another example of Sutton's inability to interpret in context. This is the paragraph from the book by Harrison, within a section on the Bermuda Triangle (p.195), Sutton is uninformed about the history of the Bermuda Triangle… Continue reading “Bermuda Triangle”

“Moral Panic”

This is part of a series checking Sutton’s claims regarding his “myth busting” CLAIM Myth: The phrase and sociological concept of moral panic, as used first by Jock Young and then Stan Cohen, emerged from the British National Deviancy Conference of 1968. Fact: Neither Young nor Cohen (not even Marshall McLuhan, as some slightly more… Continue reading “Moral Panic”

Chambers’ Edinburgh Journal

Claim: Robert Chambers read Matthew’s book, On Naval Timber Finding: Highly unlikely and unproven. Conclusion: Fabrication. Sutton contends that Robert Chambers read Matthew’s book, On Naval Timber, because he claims the Chambers'Edinburgh Journal cited it in 1832 (Vol. 1, No. 8, March 24, p.63). Indeed it is vital to Sutton's entire claim of Darwin's plagiarism:… Continue reading Chambers’ Edinburgh Journal

“Darwin Despised Chartists”

Claim: "Darwin despised Chartists" Finding: False. Probably the opposite. Conclusion: Fabrication. Sutton tweeted (10:28 AM - Jul 29, 2016), "Patrick Matthew, from whom Darwin plagiarized natural selection, was a Chartist leader. Darwin despised Chartists" and linked to a Google Books page for London: A Cultural History by Richard Tames. The book page claims Darwin was motivated… Continue reading “Darwin Despised Chartists”

Comparing the Respective Transmutation Mechanisms of Patrick Matthew, Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace

Please note that there is a rebuttal published in The Journal of the Linnean Society. Sutton has responded, but irrelevantly. He has not countered the mechanistic reasons that establish Darwin and Wallace did not copy from Matthew. Sutton continues to act dishonestly, not engaging with academic debate, He claims that he has been, "advised officially… Continue reading Comparing the Respective Transmutation Mechanisms of Patrick Matthew, Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace

“Matthew Discovered Natural Selection”

Fundamental to Sutton's claim that Darwin stole from Matthew, is that the Scottish naturalist had cracked the species question twenty-eight years before Darwin provided the same solution, namely, natural selection. Natural selection as a mechanism for removing the less able in the "struggle for survival", was already known about and has appeared variously in print… Continue reading “Matthew Discovered Natural Selection”

Perthshire Visionary

Warned that Sutton is mistaken since February 2016, when he first presented his claims to them, the Carse of Gowrie Sustainability Group chose to pursue financial backing for their heritage project, rather than get the history correct. click to enlarge

“That Made Them the Same Species”

Here, once again, Sutton displays his ignorance about evolution, specifically hybridisation, yet his NTU staff page claims that he has "Press expertise" in relevant subjects: "Organic evolution"[sic], Darwinism, Matthewism[sic]. Sutton has already demonstrated that he has falsified evidence about hybridisation, which is not an encouraging indication of his abilities. What is more, the credibility of his… Continue reading “That Made Them the Same Species”

RIP Dr L John F Ashdown-Hill. MBE, FSA, FRHistS

Between them, Sutton and Nottingham Trent University (NTU) have managed to upset quite a lot of people, including John Ashdown-Hill, a renowned scholar of Plantagenet history and central in the rediscovery of Richard III. Ashdown-Hill certainly did not deserve the harsh dealing he got from Sutton through his aggressive vituperation, and NTU through their neglect… Continue reading RIP Dr L John F Ashdown-Hill. MBE, FSA, FRHistS

Theory of Mind

The most difficult thing, I think, in being a musician is to get out of the way. JOHN MCLAUGHLIN, JAZZ GUITARIST Assigning words with teleological meaning, as a distinct construct independent of language, is obviously a fool’s game, and fails upon the first encounter with a homonym (see ASIDES on ENGLISH and GRAMMAR). The same… Continue reading Theory of Mind

“Supermyth”

Sutton makes many claims about other people have stolen "prior published" phrases and concepts: for example, "moral panic", "natural Selection", "self fulfilling prophecy", etc, etc, etc. He is mistaken, because he doesn't know the meaning of "to coin". Not only is he wrong in his accusations, he is also a hypocrite, because, by the same… Continue reading “Supermyth”

To Coin

It is worth noting that this particular example is one of the most far-reaching and significant of Sutton's mistakes. If there is only one article you read on this website, please make it this one. The correct definition of the word, to "coin", is given in the Cambridge Dictionary as, “coin” verb (INVENT) : [Transitive] to… Continue reading To Coin

“Living Fossil”

Claim: Darwin did not coin the term "living fossil" Finding: the reference is to living mussels found in Wales Conclusion: Sutton & Griffiths (2018) is wrong. SUTTON SAYS: Living Fossil Myth: Darwin Cult Anti-Welsh Wikipedia? According to anybody's concept of a living fossil, the idea is that an ancient (genetic) lineage is captured / encapsulated… Continue reading “Living Fossil”

“Bootleg”

This is part of a series checking Sutton’s claims regarding his “myth busting” CLAIM Without a single reference to support the claim, all of the major dictionaries and etymology textbooks assert confidently that the words bootleg, bootlegging and bootlegger all stem from the past practice of illegal alcohol peddlers concealing their product inside their boots.… Continue reading “Bootleg”

“Halloween”

This is part of a series checking Sutton’s claims regarding his “myth busting” CLAIM Myth — At the time of writing, Wikipedia and seemingly countless other websites vaguely have it that the earliest known usage of the word is "about 1745". The Online Etymology Dictionary makes the same conveniently vague claim, as does the mighty… Continue reading “Halloween”

“Replicator”

This is part of a series checking Sutton’s claims regarding his “myth busting” CLAIM Sutton 2014. Richard Dawkins, Charles Darwin and Selfish Replicator DNA Exposed!, TEST Sutton claims Richard Dawkins plagiarised the term and concept, "replicator", for use in the Selfish Gene. As evidence, Sutton offers two references, Netter, F. H. (1948) The Ciba collection of medical… Continue reading “Replicator”

“Selfish Gene”

This is part of a series checking Sutton’s claims regarding his “myth busting” CLAIM Myth — Despite a mutual embarrassment of seemingly endless science websites, scholarly books and peer reviewed journal articles all confidently asserting that Richard Dawkins coined the phrase selfish gene and is therefore the originator of the basic concept ... my unique deployment of… Continue reading “Selfish Gene”

“Dreamscape”

Another example of Sutton's banality and incompetence. This one, I just don't understand how someone can reach their position, as a responsible member of teaching staff, yet be fundamentally challenged by basic and obvious language. The 'Dreamscape' Myth Debunked Wednesday, 20 December 2017 Other than the vacuous gloating in the title of "Debunking the 'Dreamscape'… Continue reading “Dreamscape”

“Asteroid”

Sutton is determined not to get a single thing correct, or at least not "100% proven", shall we say? Yes, let's, because, without fail, every single check of his damnable poor & lazy research that myself, and colleagues, and ANYONE WHO CAN BE HALF BOTHERED, has revealed it as an inaccurate, spurious pile of crap. I make… Continue reading “Asteroid”

English

A word of sympathy for English users for whom it is not their first language. The British are not famous for learning other languages, and rely to some extent on the rest of the world accommodating their reticence. In that respect, the British have been aware for a very long time that English is not… Continue reading English

Language #5

A continued exploration of the question, "What is language?" The previous post looked at some cultural aspects of language, the way it can be honed to convey powerful emotions and deep thinking, from one person to another, and how our capacity for that is established within our first six years. This has to be one… Continue reading Language #5

Language #4

A continued exploration of the question, "What is language?" The previous post looked at alternative human communication using symbolic gestures, and wondered whether all language symbols, words included, act as reminders of association. We are born with the ability to remember and retrieve information. It's a good evolutionary idea, to remember where to get food… Continue reading Language #4

Language #3

A continued exploration of the question, "What is language?" The previous post looked at communication in another animal, and wondered what would be needed to step over the species barrier. Let's turn to communication breakdowns within our own. The internationally recognised gesticulation for “May I have the bill, please", is to ensure you 'have the… Continue reading Language #3

Language #2

A continued exploration of the question, "What is language?" The previous post looked at how one might define a language, what one comprises, and some quirky properties of English that demonstrate that, in some way, languages reach beyond the grand total of simply combining their constituents. Such phenomena are examples of emergence,  encapsulated by the idiom, "The… Continue reading Language #2

Language #1

The following five short articles arose directly out of being invited to submit an answer to MetaFact on the question, "Is language unique to humans?" Before being able to address the question it is firstly necessary to define, "What is language". This is a huge question that touches upon everything it is to be human,… Continue reading Language #1

Matthew’s Faith

While most of Sutton's mistakes are mundane in the extreme, there are some interesting philosophical aspects that can be considered alongside. These largely relate to language, communication and epistemology, but some, such as this, do delve into other philosophies, and will be included intermittently under the ⌘ symbol. Matthews' writings contain enough indications of his having… Continue reading Matthew’s Faith

Insults

The ad hominem attacks have been tedious and at times relentless. It seems Sutton is unable to make a strong critical statement on subject matter alone, without arming it with an offhand insult, or scathing slap down. It is not the way to engage in debate. It is not the behaviour expected of a supposed… Continue reading Insults

Logic & Science

There is a small set of patterns by which Sutton has made a mess of every piece of research he has attempted since 2013, of which this blog is only a representative collection of examples of his mistakes, and his wild hypothesising. An inventory of this set should result having investigated the majority of these cases, and that… Continue reading Logic & Science

Google Books #2

In a previous post, we saw the statistical and mathematical reasons why Big Data is unlikely to give the comprehensive data coverage and complete accuracy that many commentators seem to be claiming for the future. Here we return to the mundanity of Sutton's mistakes, and the reasons why, even if he did have a complete… Continue reading Google Books #2

Google Books #1

Today's Sutton hypothesis is that Big Data is changing everything because, "For years we have relied upon sampling to reduce the cost of knowing what is happening/happened. But today that is changing ... research employing N = all ...". I doubt that, very much. Sutton is unscientific and unthinking; his overblown confidence in his capabilities is… Continue reading Google Books #1

“Google”

UPDATE 26-Jan 2018: Sorting out some screenshots, I stumbled across three images I had been keeping safe for this post. These additional sources are inserted towards the top of the date-ordered list that follows the short introduction below this header. They all predate Sutton's earliest claim for this "myth bust" of 1903, being, as they… Continue reading “Google”

Abusive Behaviour

Why does Sutton, a supposed professional academic, consider his actions are appropriate when challenged? The generally accepted principle of discussion between academics (and anyone really), is that debates are conducted without resorting to ad hominem. Obviously sides will differ, but the point of intellectual argument is to win the opposition over to your viewpoint, or… Continue reading Abusive Behaviour

“Flowers Might Just Be Objectively Beautiful”

If you're looking for a quick giggle and know an iota about genetics, then Sutton has very kindly obliged with his madcap idea, that humans like flowers because we have some shared genetics (homologous genes) with angiosperms. https://twitter.com/Criminotweet/status/991264697457528832 The linked page in that tweet is a blog post from May 2014, (the oxymoronically named BestThinking… Continue reading “Flowers Might Just Be Objectively Beautiful”

“Pale Ale”

While relatively trivial, compared to Sutton claiming 150 years of conspiracy that has silenced any challenges to Darwin's esteemed reputation, this is just another mistake in a seemingly endless list of mistakes made by Sutton on general subjects and in his defamation of Darwin and Wallace and evolutionary scientists and historians. But, it's worth taking… Continue reading “Pale Ale”

Hypotheses

Sutton is something of an ideas man, tossing them out at an alarming rate, which tells you of course that they are worthless. His idea of scholarly endeavour seems to be to make up new names with no foundation in empiricism or logic. The precision and thought, and research and preliminary testing required to construct a valid… Continue reading Hypotheses

Professional Misconduct

Here is an example of Sutton's activities for which he ought to have been disciplined for professional misconduct. Where behaviour is found inappropriate for an academic's professional status, both employers and professional bodies representing their discipline, are expected to act ethically by moderating poor behaviour, in their own interests, to protect reputations, and in the… Continue reading Professional Misconduct

The Phrase is the Concept

One of Sutton's earlier myth busts is a fine example to put you in the frame of mind, of what to expect, as we work through the very many other instances in his canon, and there are very many more. Even so, there is a set of recurring mistakes made that disqualifies almost every attempt to get into the relatively recent sport of myth busting, the sort of thing you can see on QI, when Alan sets off another klaxon as he puts his foot straight into another Elf-baited contestant trap. 

Purple Prose

Very simply, Sutton is prone to arm waving and seeing mysterious similarities in late Georgian, early Victorian natural history texts. Remember the reason for studying nature at all in those early days? Before some scientific rigour arrived with Darwin's era and scientific naturalism, the natural world was a holy canvas. God's work manifest. So, appreciating… Continue reading Purple Prose

Personation

Now, call me an old style sceptic, but, when I see an effusive review, I usually suspect some ulterior motive. Private Eye magazine does a lovely feature every Christmas that they call Log Rolling -- it's not a new name, being derived from the co-operative team of a couple of loggers, running felled trunks downriver,… Continue reading Personation

BestThinking

Sutton is busy taking swipes at the people who run The Internet Archive so I thought I'd give him something else to think about. I wasn't in a particularly good mood, having just learned of the death of an ex-colleague, and someone a million times better at research than Sutton. This is addressed to Sutton… Continue reading BestThinking

“Tended to Eat Alone”

I'm finding it impossible to keep up with Sutton's production rate of misinformation. His output is volumous, and repeatedly, none of it is of any value. Posts will appear whenever possible. Meanwhile, bon appetit ! Recurrent Themes, the Patrick Matthew Project https://patrickmatthewproject.wordpress.com/opinions/matthewsian-themes/ Only references to eating alone, and dinner, that I can find is in… Continue reading “Tended to Eat Alone”

“When Lyell Followed Matthew”

When someone makes an honest mistake, it's possible to forgive them for the slip up. When someone repeatedly, blatantly falsifies the literature to perpetuate falsehoods that have subsequently resulted in those lies being told to Scottish primary school children, public meetings and local heritage enthusiasts, with the added impact of involving those people in fraudulently… Continue reading “When Lyell Followed Matthew”

PJMedia

A recent post to this website collected together some examples of Sutton's odd behaviour as a supposed self-proclaimed atheist of 40 years standing (someone should point out the pews, that's what they're there for). The reason for doing so has nothing to do with faiths nor personal beliefs. As long as people are free to… Continue reading PJMedia

“Gene Pool”

  This is part of a series checking Sutton’s claims regarding his “myth busting” CLAIM Notes, Sutton 2014 Nullius in Verba. Thinker Media Inc. TEST This is a typical error by Sutton. Because he seems to never check his work, he cites a typo, "Gene Pool", when it should actually read the boy character's name, "Gene Poole". … Continue reading “Gene Pool”

Science

Modern day Science is the result of 4,000 years of attempting to make sense out of the universe. This has followed a tortuous and punctuated history, but it is safe to say, developments over that time have had the net effect of producing a highly perceptive approach to separate fact from fiction. Here are some… Continue reading Science

Matthew’s Mechanism

Darwin famously moved from deduction in his early evolutionary sketches to induction, to work from minuscule observations, for example, the interaction of species within a quadrat in his garden, scaled up to territorial, continental and global dimensions. He also scaled time, knowing that his gradualist understanding of natural dynamics would require unimaginable aeons to bring… Continue reading Matthew’s Mechanism

Misinformation

We are undoubtedly more aware of the perpetuation of misinformation in current times. Politicians have always been sparing with accurate detail, but either there is more coverage and opinion being broadcast, or there really is more unashamed distortion of the truth. In recent years science has also come under scrutiny for irregularities in research practise.… Continue reading Misinformation

Types of Misconduct

ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT and PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT are the two main types that academics can be charged with, and can subsequently be handled within the education system, without resort to external legal agency: although depending upon the nature of the fraud and behaviour of the miscreant, cases may be referred for consideration by law enforcement. ACADEMIC RESPONSIBILITY Nottingham Trent… Continue reading Types of Misconduct

“Scotland’s Grassroots Campaign”

It's outlandish what Sutton claims m̶̷̸o̶̷̸s̶̷̸t̶̷̸ all of the time. Here, evidently, the Scottish tourist industry, much in need of a boost (estimated £11bn p.a.), is to benefit directly from his contribution. Sutton should enter the Highland Games. He's sure to win at tossing the caber. This is my third decade of living in Scotland.… Continue reading “Scotland’s Grassroots Campaign”

“Challenging the Assumption of Authenticity”

Sutton's fleeting approach is so very dishonest, where he doesn't dwell and cogitate ideas, instead just throwing everything at a target, hoping something will stick, or that the weight of it all will cause the intended collapse. It might make it exciting for someone who cannot be bothered to doubt what they’re reading, but please,… Continue reading “Challenging the Assumption of Authenticity”

Research Integrity

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) are particular about the details of misconduct by staff and students carrying out research (reproduced from the NTU Code of Practice for Research [1], below). This is exemplary and ought to be the standard within higher education. Notably, these standards extend to the response by NTU, to investigating allegations. Unfortunately, this… Continue reading Research Integrity