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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    Jemaleddin

    Oh, I thought this was going to be about an important topic:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvelman

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    BreaMarie

    Amen. ;)

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    Gauldar

    The term “miracle cure” should only be used only for homeopathy, and other junk which utilises the placebo effect efficiently. If something happens by fluke when it’s not supposed to happen, and stays unproven no matter how much it is recreated, it’s a miracle.

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    Darkpassenger

    Could not agree with you more Jacob, This is one of my biggest pet peeves. The use of the word miracle to describe anything that it is not properly attended to be, piss’s me off to no end. You can go down the list of improper uses for this word and find that there is a trend in the use of the word miracle. Its as if it were a subliminal word that when spoken or heard, reminds the user and or recipient that there is a higher power at work preforming theses good deeds or somehow controlling unusual feats of randomness.

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    L.Long

    Everyone knows g0d controls everything so any cure is because S/He/It ordained it to be…So it is a miracle!!! Hallelujah!!! Lord!
    With a thought reaction like that you know he has his buybull glasses on. Its a wonder they don’t walk into walls with reality so obscured.
    And as an ex-xtian I can tell you that is the way they (don’t)think.

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    shaun mcneil

    I can’t help but think how religious people are going to ‘interpret’ the advances of science

    it is only a matter of time till Bill or Pat comes up with some ‘interpretation’ of scripture in saying how “Greater works than this shall you do” means that humans will be able to do ‘great works’ and heal people and this is a ‘fulfillment of prophecy or scripture” etc etc

    the miracles that Jesus did were not even that great – so he can turn water into wine and feed some folks…he can also not help thousands that asked for his help in the scriptures…but those are fairy tales anyways.

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