Laszlo Bencze muses: A recent article in the WSJ discusses a new type of fungus that makes antibiotics more powerful. The compound extracted from that fungus is called “AMA”. Here’s the last paragraph of the story:
Still, bacteria could someday find a way to outwit AMA. “I can’t imagine anything we could make where resistance would never be an issue,” he says. “At the end of the day, this is evolution and you can’t fight evolution.”
Hmmm. “You can’t fight evolution” is a mighty strong statement. It not only reifies evolution, transforming this impersonal process into a combative entity, but it also presents that impersonal process as god-like in it’s power. In other words, though scientists claim to possess a science of evolution, they admit their science is impotent at manipulating evolution. It’s very much akin to a bridge engineer admitting “You can’t fight gravity.” But when it comes to bridge building, fighting gravity is the whole point. Bridges are designed to stay up and do. Well established engineering knowledge ensures success.
So if there is indeed a science of evolution, why should it be so hard to fight evolution?
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