Back in the early days of this humble blog, we wrote Discovery Institute: Toad-Tested Medicine! in response to a claim by the Discovery Institute’s Michael Egnor that the theory of evolution is useless in the practice of medicine. We said if that were true, it would make no sense to test medicine on monkeys instead of on creatures that were much easier to obtain and keep in the lab.
Like all fanatics, the Discoveroids never give up on an argument. This appears today at their creationist blog: Why Not Darwinian Medicine?, and it has no author’s by-line. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
On a classic episode of ID the Future [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!], host Ray Bohlin interviews fellow biologist Jonathan Wells about the interaction of evolutionary theory and medicine.
Jonathan Wells? Wow — it’s been years since we’ve seen that name. He’s a Discoveroid fellow and the author of Icons of Evolution, a creationist classic. We wrote about him in Discovery Institute: The Genius of Jonathan Wells.
The Discoveroids’ post is very brief. Their next paragraph consists of three questions, which we assume their podcast will answer:
Has Darwinism furthered healthcare? What about our understanding of antibiotic resistance? And might learning about evolution become a requirement for medical students?
Well, dear reader? Has Darwinism furthered healthcare? As we suggested in our earlier post, it explains why we like to test medicines on animals that are closely related to us. As for whether Darwin’s theory helps physicians to set broken bones, probably not. Physicians have been doing that for millennia. But as long as we’re asking “Has Darwinism furthered …” questions, we have a few others to consider:
• Has Darwinism benefited chemistry?
• Has Darwinism benefited the computer industry?
• Has Darwinism furthered astronomy? Nuclear physics?
No need to go on. You get the idea. But while we’re at it, what in the world has creationism or the “theory” of intelligent design ever accomplished? Anyway, the Discoveroids’ post ends with this:
Download the podcast or listen to it here. [Link omitted.]
So there you are. Hey — it’s good to see Jonathan Wells back in action. He was always fun.
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