Joined: Mar. 2007
|Quote (Arden Chatfield @ Aug. 31 2007,09:14)|
|This is ridiculous. I've understood that since high school science classes. Bornagain77 seems to think that the 'goal' of a virus -- a sign of its adaptive success -- is to kill as many people as possible. If he can't understand that the real goal of a virus is to simply reproduce and spread itself as widely as possible, and that quickly killing your host runs counter to this, then I think we have more evidence that he's 16 years old and (badly) home-schooled.|
History is full of terrifying diseases that popped up, killed too many people too fast, quickly burned themselves out, and were never heard from again.
IDers in general have a problem with host/pathogen interactions and co-evolution of same.
One of my most interesting interactions on FtK's dear departed blog was an attempt to get her (and DaveTard) to think about the reason why some nosocomial pathogens are actually becoming MORE virulent, contrary to the typical pattern seen with pathogens in the wild. This was part of a discussion re Dr. Egnoramus' assertion that doctors don't need to learn about evolution, since it has no relevance to their jobs. It turns out that pathogens that live in hospitals don't have to depend on the host to spread them to new hosts, like most pathogens do. If you kill your host too fast, they won't bring you near some new hosts. In a hospital the pathogens can rely on their hosts coming to them; attenuation of virulence that is selected for under "wild" conditions is not selected for in a hospital setting.
Personally, I think doctors and other health-care professionals need to understand how selection works, and this is a good example of why. Ftk and DaveTard, naturally, were unable to think this problem through to a logical conclusion, but even after the answer was pointed out to them, they pretended that it really was not a good reason for doctors to learn about evolution.
I hope they never get sick...
Flesh of the sky, child of the sky, the mind
Has been obligated from the beginning
To create an ordered universe
As the only possible proof of its own inheritance.
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