Dr Jones was Officer-in-Charge of the CSIRO Davies Laboratory faced a challenging problem, Leucaena, which is a shrubby tree introduced to Australia’s seasonally dry tropics to increase beef production, caused the cattle grazing it to became sick and thin. Dr Jones came up with a solution to solve the problem but the consensus opposed it, declaring in it’s typical dogmatic style that rumen bacteria were the same all over the world!
He had evidence to the contrary, but when he tried to have his science papers published, they were rejected! Was it because he is a creationist also? Dr Jones found that goats in Hawaii ate Leucaena without any problems. He concluded that perhaps the bacteria in the rumen (a special ‘stomach’ where the food is pre-digested by microbes in animals such as cattle, sheep and goats) were different in Hawaii. They were capable of breaking down the toxin, thus accounting for the lack of toxicity of Leucaena in Hawaii.
Consensus rejected such a suggestion that the microbes could be different so he was unable to get the much needed funding to take his research further! Not giving up, he paid his own expenses to follow up on his theory.
“Are the microbes special to the ruminants?’
“Yes, a ruminant couldn’t live on roughage without the bugs, because these digest the tough cellulose fibre in the plants the animals eat. And the bacteria are mostly highly anaerobic [do not like oxygen], and can only live in the rumen.”
“The animal needs the microbes and the bugs need the animal. It’s a good example of design. Evolutionists would argue it’s ‘co-evolution,’ but I don’t believe the incredible ruminant digestion system is the result of countless accidental mutations which just happened to parallel each other in the bacteria and the animals…”
Eventually funding was provided. Dr Jones then took Australian goats and Australian grown Leucaena to Indonesia where some goats had been discovered which could eat Leucaena without problems. With help from his team, he transferred some rumen fluid from the Indonesian goats to the Australian goats. Within two days the amount of toxin in the urine of the treated goats declined dramatically and they thrived. The theory was proven! This discovery is worth millions of dollars per year to Australia.
One has to remember, consensus (the majority of scientists) are human, many of which are full with pride, but they make mistakes. They also can and do interfere with the progress of science. Thus, we can’t take their opinions as gospel but rather with a skeptical eye.