This is a great study on why science is on the decline in bureaucratic counties like Canada. If you have doubt about achieving something, then throw out all the science! Thus, with a deliberate effort to squash all readings, we have this guy reaching the North Pole, and tons of people believe him to this day, include some who should know better.
When you want to build a Niagara Tunnel, throw out all science and claim victory! Who can oppose you? When you want to build an underground nuclear waste facility, in the World's Worst Rock, throw out the science and go on faith. Better still, actually do the science, and tear up anything you don't like, just like Perry!