As a friend says, profound and timely:
The media is full of talking heads and experts. They’re mostly doing their best, but the ideologues and grifters are all too plentiful. To wit, we get lots of “reminders” about the importance of evolutionary science and Darwin in the management of the coronavirus pandemic.
- “Geneticist Spencer Wells on COVID-19 as ‘Evolution in Action’”
- “Biology | Basic evolution knowledge could have helped China control coronavirus”
- “Evolution of an outbreak”
- “Coronavirus — we need to learn from Darwin”
There’s no doubt that COVID-19 evolved: populations of viruses change with time. Of course, we know that from epidemiology and virology and simple observation. Darwin’s theory has little to do with epidemiology…
Epidemiology, to which Darwinism is a “narrative gloss,” is an old and vigorous science. But there’s more to the amelioration of epidemics than superb science. The most important advance in preventing epidemics — probably more important than vaccinations and the gamut of 21st-century high-tech science — is low-tech public sanitation. There is probably nothing (except for food and water and blankets) that has saved more lives from epidemics than enforcement of the principle that drinking water and sewage water must not be the same water. And low-tech medical care is indispensable as well…
Every stock boy or housekeeper or nurse is doing more to fight this pandemic than all the politicians and talking-head science grifters and tenure-track professors in the department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard. And more than all the neurosurgery professors, too.
So say a prayer, whether evolutionary biologists like it or not. Pray for the stock boys and the housekeepers and the nurses.Michael Egnor, “Upstairs into the Plague” at Evolution News and Science Today
See also: Neurosurgeon Michael Egnor: Prayer during an epidemic makes sense; diehard Darwinian Jerry Coyne is scandalized. It started when Coyne made fun of U.S. Veep Mike Pence and colleagues praying about the coronavirus epidemic…