On Science and Health

July 11, 2007

In response to a comment on the nominee for Surgeon General (the comment was that the nominee shoudn’t be too invested in science), I dug up this cartoon I posted several months ago, which I thought was appropriate…

j

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4 Responses to “On Science and Health”

  1. John Says:

    Jeff says “(the comment was that the nominee shoudn’t be too invested in science),” and I say ‘BS, Jeff.” Why do you misquote? You said the Surgeon General shoud be “totally committed to science” and I, always amazed at your lack of care, said we need someone who is not “totally” committed to science but who knew the limits and role of science. Science without values and virtues is dangerous. Plus, just be truthful about what other say. And, admit it, if you can, when you overstate things.

  2. Jeff Says:

    Here is your quote:

    “Whatever the demerits of this nominee, I DON’T want someone “totally” committed to science. I want someone who realizes the limits of science, and the many horrors that “total commitment” has brought us.”

    j

  3. John Says:

    And here is yours:”the comment was that the nominee shoudn’t be too invested in science” Hardly what I said or intimated. In a world that has seen Nazi doctors, euthanasia of infants currently in Holland (and who knows where else), and infanticide (Moynihan’s judgement) in our own country in the form of partial birth abortion, I absolutely someone who knows the horrors of ‘total commitment’ to science.

  4. Jeff Says:

    So what is your position on Dr. Holsinger’s fitness for Surgeon General, and how do you relate his position on reparative therapy back to Nazi doctors and human experimentation? I can relate his position to Nazi doctors quite easily, but I wouldn’t categorize it as not “knowing the limits of science” but rather “misapplying science” based on fundamentally flawed theological and humanitarian views.

    At any rate, if you are saying his views on reparative therapy are equivalent to human experimentation and as such he is not worthy of the post, I agree with you.

    j


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