Daily Mail Fail: Proves that they really are completely ignorant

Here is an example of why you should be wary of news that sounds bizarre. And, also, why you should be wary of sources like the Daily Mail. They picked up a satirical blog post and took it at face value. Oh, Daily Mail, how silly you are.

Humans could have flexible skeletons, tentacles and even colour-changing skin as we evolve, claims scientist

Dr Dean Burnett muses that humans could evolve surreal new features to cope with our modern environment.
His bizarre suggestions include colour-changing skin to allow humans to stand out or blend in as well as tentacles to help us use computers better.
The neuroscientist’s humorous ideas come after a researcher at the University of Sheffield predicted that humans will evolve beaks and regenerating teeth.

The Daily Mail took Burnett’s blog post at The Guardian as serious (since it’s written by a scientist) without grasping that it was a joke at the expense of those who are ignorant about nature and how it works.

Check out the last paragraph of Burnett’s piece:

I once spoke with someone who said he didn’t believe in evolution. When asked why, his main argument was that people don’t have wings. While this is definitely the case, I asked how this relates to evolution. His response was that “evolution is survival of the fittest, and wings are the best”. So there’s that. I don’t know how much research this person had done to arrive at this conclusion, so I’m putting it here just in case. Even if it is based on some half-baked observations and a very limited understanding of how evolution works, it’ll fit right in.

In a hilarious display, the Daily Mail proved his point by reporting his half-baked observations and displaying their very limited understand of how evolution works. Unbelievable. Literally.

We normally do not link to the Daily Mail but this was just too good of an example not to post.


  6 comments for “Daily Mail Fail: Proves that they really are completely ignorant

  1. July 11, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    @lecanardnoir tweets “Every day in Daily Mail World is April Fools”

  2. Chris Howard
    July 11, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Every time someone says “scientists say…” I always ask “What particular field, and specialty, is this scientist in? And what is the consensus in their particular field regarding the matter?”

    Otherwise the word gets used like the umbiqutous “They” like some sort of shorthand appeal to authority.

    It’s great if you want to get obnoxious and annoying people to stop talking to you, at social gatherings. 😉

  3. Chris
    July 11, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Dr. Dean Burnett is hilarious to listen to. He was on an InKredulous episode (just like our kind host Sharon!):

  4. DrXym
    July 12, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    I expect the Daily Mail just knows its readers and delivers what they want- closet racism, prejudice, bigotry and pseudo science. The Daily Express and the Telegraph are of the same ilk too.

  5. July 14, 2013 at 4:21 AM

    If I am struggling for pseudoscience stories to talk about I just turn to the Daily Mail, there’s bound to be something there.

  6. July 14, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    The Mail is such a strange beast. Driven by a peculiar mixture of strongly conservative ideology and a craven desire for web traffic, it decries ‘filth’ while rubbing its thighs at Rihanna (PICTURES! PICTURES! PICTURES!), is keen to quote ‘experts’ so long as they come in a press release, and equally happy to blithely publish utterly pseudoscience bollocks. It’s such a weird, ignorant behemoth. And then they win awards for being Newspaper of the Year.

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