John T. Scopes: A Summer in Hell and a Career in Petroleum Geology

Historical Highlights

Who was the most famous person you didn’t know was a petroleum geologist? That would probably be John T. Scopes, of “Monkey Trial” fame. Scopes was the defendant in the sensational 1925 trial that tested a Tennessee law prohibiting the teaching of the theory of evolution in public schools.

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Scopes in Venezuela, 1927. Photo from the Riesenfeld Rare Books Research Center, University of Minnesota Law Library.

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Comments (4)

Who are the true deniers?
The distasteful inclusion of the word "denier" in the concluding sentence is a not-so-subtle reference to the the many thousands of AAPG members who disagree with the theory of Catastrophic Anthropogenic Warming. In my recently published book "Inconvenient Facts" I expose the many fallacies being foisted upon the populace concerning the false notion of human-driven warming. This is the real "truth to power" and is used to expose that political science is masquerading as true science. I have been speaking about my findings and my book to large gatherings of Earth scientists, including the most recent Eastern Section meeting and have been met with near universal praise for exposing that the true science deniers are those promoting a flawed and politically driven agenda rather than fact-based approach to the subject. Shame on the AAPG and on the author for stooping to insult so many of their fellow members and scientists. Gregory Wrightstone Author of Inconvenient Facts - the science that Al Gore doesn't want you to know. Pittsburgh, PA
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4/25/2018 2:28:46 PM
John T. Scopes
“John T. Scopes provides a valuable lesson for our times: the denial of science and the disdain for facts are with us even today. It’s still our job as geoscientists to enlighten the public and speak truth to power.” A fine conclusion to the story on John Scopes. Thank you for a great article.
4/14/2018 10:45:26 AM
What do we value?
Hats off to the author. This was a very refreshing contrast to the snow job on climate change I saw recently in these pages. Andrew Chermak
4/12/2018 9:37:46 PM
Excellent! Thanks!
4/12/2018 5:39:02 PM