Otto West: Apes don’t read philosophy.
Wanda: Yes they do, Otto. They just don’t understand it.
Michael Egnor read my post on how medical publications avoid using the word “evolution”. He just didn’t understand it.
Darwinists use “evolution” because it’s their creation myth and because its regular invocation is required by their thought police. Doctors and medical researchers don’t use “evolution” because it’s irrelevant to medical research. Fairy tales about survival of survivors contribute nothing to medical research, or to any other research.
No, the point of the article was that medical researchers were avoiding the use of the word “evolution” to describe processes that were clearly evolutionary. They were using euphemisms to get around using the term, not that they weren’t applying evolutionary principles in their work.
He could have tried reading the cited article, which has a conclusion exactly the opposite of what Egnor claims.
Nowadays, medical researchers are increasingly realizing that evolutionary processes are involved in immediate threats associated with not only antibiotic resistance but also emerging diseases. The evolution of antimicrobial resistance has resulted in 2- to 3-fold increases in mortality of hospitalized patients, has increased the length of hospital stays, and has dramatically increased the costs of treatment. It is doubtful that the theory of gravity (a force that can neither be seen nor touched, and for which physicists have no agreed upon explanation) would be so readily accepted by the public were it not for the fact that ignoring it can have lethal results. This brief survey shows that by explicitly using evolutionary terminology, biomedical researchers could greatly help convey to the layperson that evolution is not a topic to be innocuously relegated to the armchair confines of political or religious debate. Like gravity, evolution is an everyday process that directly impacts our health and well-being, and promoting rather than obscuring this fact should be an essential activity of all researchers.
Somehow, when dealing with Egnor, I’m always thinking of Otto, that classic character from A Fish Called Wanda who thinks himself very clever but who keeps demonstrating his stupidity.
Otto: Don’t call me stupid.
Wendy: Why on earth not?