This week, my girlfriend’s daughter had to undergo brain surgery to remove a (non-cancerous) tumor that had been causing daily seizures very dangerous to her brain.
I want to reflect today how thankful I am to all men and women who have been advancing science, all the way several thousand years ago. Her diagnosis and surgery would not have been possible without the cumulative knowledge building that has happened from Pythagoras’s law to the study of magnetic fields, and the countless domains of medicine that evolved over time. These men and women have challenged believes, often risked their lives against religions, dedicated themselves toward better understanding of our world in small or large ways.
The amount of cumulated technology that goes into building systems capable of performing electroencephalograms or MRIs is obviously mind boggling. But even when you look at the amount and diversity of systems used to monitor vitals, administer drugs, and the medicine that goes into ensuring the fastest and most painless recovery, you must really pause and realize you should never take it for granted.
All the fields of science are advancing every day more quickly than the day before.
Neil deGrasse Tyson recently wrote “Evidence collected over many years, obtained from many locations, indicates that the power of Prayer is insufficient to stop bullets from killing school children.”. I will hijack his quote and say that evidence collected over many years, many locations, indicates that the power of Prayer is insufficient to heal people.
Thank you, Science. Fuck you Religion.