Stop calling medical breakthroughs “miracles”
Why is it every time medical science has a breakthrough, there’s some shitty journalist out there who feels the need to call it a “miracle”. Personally, I’m sick and tired of science, and scientists in general, not getting the credit for helping to improve people’s lives. Here’s a rather annoying example: a new scientific breakthrough helping blind people to see again using gene therapy is being described as – you might have guessed – a medical “miracle”.
Why are people still using this noun to describe something which is quite obviously the exact OPPOSITE of a miracle. Science may sometimes seem mysterious to those of us with very little technical sophistication, but it’s far from being a miracle, which by definition is:
an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause..
It’s cool to see gene therapy being used to cure blindness. I have no doubt this powerful idea will be used a lot more in the future to cure all kinds of genetic diseases. The future looks bright people, and all thanks to human ingenuity and genius, not fucking miracles.
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