Who gathered declining data and said...
"The early scientist believed in the uniformity of natural causes. What they did not believe in was the uniformity of natural causes in a closed system. That little phrase makes all the difference in the world. It makes the difference between natural science and a science that is rooted in naturalistic philosophy. It makes all the difference between what I would call modern science and what I would call modern modern science. It is important to notice that this is not a failing of science as science, but rather that the uniformity of natural causes in a closed system has become the dominant philosophy among scientists."- Francis Schaeffer in Escape from Reason.It appears that now we have taken the next step into a new era of post-modern science. This involves even a further closing of the system that excludes any contrary data or opinions of skeptical scientists in favor of the promotion of a political or philosophical agenda.
But, at least, we still have serious science performed in some circles:
Scientific tests prove when you drink Dr. Pepper slow, the 23 flavors taste even better.[...] Trust me. I'm a doctor.