Thursday, May 03, 2007
Sal Cordova, who has already raised the marriage of sycophantry and inanity to new heights in pursuit of William Dembski's posterior, has outdone even himself in a quote mine that is monumental in its ineptitude (or in its incompetent dishonesty, take your pick).
Crudely put, does a mechanic need to understand the origins, history, and technological advances that have gone into the modern motor vehicle in order to fix it?
Amazingly, the other half of Dembski's Tweedle-Dumb and Tweedle-Dumber, DaveScot, beat me to it, actually saying in the comments to Sal's post:
Doctors are mechanics who diagnose and repair problems in the most complex machine on the planet. There’s no possible way any one of them can know everything there is to know about how that machine works, the range of problems that can occur, and all the best ways to fix them.
You are a poet at heart.
Yes the short-sightedness would, indeed, be a very important reason why evolution is perceived as being unimportant to medicine. That is one of the reasons why medical practitioners frequently prescribe antibiotics for illnesses not caused by bacteria. And we know where the inappropriate use of antibiotics can lead...
But then, that is alledgedly not important to medicine.
Not only is evolutionary theory important in present treatment but it holds promise for many future treatments. Think how much good could be done with a better treatment for pre-eclampsia, a condition that occurs in about 6 percent of pregnancies, where the mothers experience dangerously high blood pressure late in pregnancy. Evidence now points to an evolutionary struggle between mothers and fetuses as a cause of the condition.
A single breakthrough could easily justify making medical students do a little study in the area.