Hello again :) I'm back with another rant about my biology class. But first I'll update on my last rant involving the question "What are two limits of science that make scientific study of miracles difficult or impossible?" which appeared on last Monday's test. This question goes hand-in-hand with the short discussion we had in class about science and miracles, with my professor ending said discussion by proclaiming that science is outside the realm of miracles.
Well, not too surprisingly, he gave me all the points for my answers to the question. How anticlimactic.
For reference, here are my answers: "1). You need evidence for scientific studies, and there is no evidence to be dealt with from miracles. 2). Since scientific discoveries are constantly made and others changed, if science ever came up with an explanation for miracles, the conclusion could easily be proven inadequate or false later on with a new study."
I am content with this for now.
So, on to the next rant.
We're getting into cell reproduction and genetics now, which brings with it all sorts of ethical issues and whatnot. We had to do a reading and worksheet assignment as a segway into the realm of bioethics, and I have to admit that I might have gotten a little bit sassy with how I answered a few of the questions. The slight ridiculousness of how we were supposed to think when we answered ("Specifically, please think about these case studies within the context of the conviction that human beings are created in the image of God. You’ll need to consider the extent to which individuals with the following conditions do or do not reflect that image." [bold added by me]) caused my bullshit meter to ascend too high, thus opening me up to answer a few of the questions somewhat sarcastically, and others satirically.
Here is the file for the questions, should anyone want to take a look (The underlined and bolded sentences were done by me). Also, here is the reading pdf.
And Here are some of my answers to said questions.
The question of whether or not genetic-engineering is a "good" or "bad" thing is as shaky as the definition of the time when "life" truly starts in the womb. The debates on those two subjects are interesting to me, and are definitely complex. But when my professor started asking whether or not genetic diseases were "just genetics", or if they were in fact punishments by god on unbelievers, sent to punish a man's family for many many generations, THAT is when my face starts to look like
and my mind goes "what the actual fuck?" Honest to goodness, he set it up with a verse from the bible (can't remember which one! Dangit!) and then injected a biblical conspiracy into the minds of my fellow classmates wherein genetic diseases aren't actually a biological happening, but a godly phenomenon/punishment thing. I swear, I was one muscle twitch away from raising my hand and asking "So, does that mean that god is blackmailing everyone to love him or else he'll curse our families with genetic disorders? Because that's what it sounds like to me." But instead I bit into my thumb knuckle so hard that it was red and swollen for the rest of the class.
Alas, my dear fellow atheists, I am still too much of a coward to speak out in class against such things as this. :/ I'm sure once I start it won't be so hard, but I can already tell that those first couple of times that I put myself out there I'm going to be a shaky, sweating, nervous wreck.
Before I end my post, I want to propose a question related to what we're studying in class:
With genetic testings becoming less expensive and more available, and knowing that specialists can now perform tests that will enable you the chance (since the embryo might not take in the womb) to have a non-genetic disorder-affected child (but at the price of twelve or so -affected embryos), would you have such a test done? Also, if you or your significant other became pregnant, had a test done, and found out that the future offspring had a genetic disorder that would significally affect the child's quality and/or length of life, would you abort it?
Keep in mind that I'm no geneticist, and have limited understanding of how these things actually work.
P.S. I know a lot of people are probably wondering why I'm still going to (and will continue to graduate from) this small Christian college that's driving me a little nuts. I'm working on my reasons, and I'll have that posted up either later tonight or sometime this week when I get the chance. Till then, ~Taylor <3