Fine example of the effectiveness of peer review and the corrective process in science. It can be tough getting published and very hard when additional results show that you may be wrong, but that IS the process of science and why it is one of the only real mechanisms we have to gain knowledge about reality (in contrast to faith). A paper was published in Science, revealing some very interesting data and conclusions about human longevity and genetic markers that could indicate your life-span. However, the peer-process of publishing in science took effect and flaws in the study were quickly revealed, causing the authors to re-assess their conclusions and eventually withdraw their paper and seek publication elsewhere, following revision.
Since when has religion done that? How often do faith based assumptions get re-examined in the light of new evidence and are kept regardless? I would have a lot less contempt for established religions if they did do this and for the followers of faith that claims a knowledge of the world in contradiction to established evidence.
Skeptical kinkster musing on whatever takes my fancy!