Monday, November 28, 2011

Muslim Medical Students in U.K. Boycotting Evolution Lectures

From the article in the Daily Mail: "Muslim students, including trainee doctors on one of Britain's leading medical courses, are walking out of lectures on evolution claiming it conflicts with creationist ideas established in the Koran."

American creationists: is this good? Would you rather go to these students once they become doctors than a doctor who actually paid attention in class? If you have a problem with what they're doing, why?

All I know is they better not be defaming the words of Origin of Species, or we'll have to find a halal deli in my neighborhood and break the windows. I'm sure everyone would understand, because after all their behavior is offensive and inflammatory.

7 comments:

dbonfitto said...

So...make sure grades include attendance and make sure exams include evolution.

Don't graduate quacks.

Michael Caton said...

There's a precedent of sorts here in the U.S. UC Berkeley's policy is that kids who got homeschooled or attended schools where creationism was taught in place of evolution can't be considered to have taken biology and therefore haven't satisfied the prereqs for entry. Needless to say the creationists squawked and sued about 10 years ago, demanding special treatment. They lost quite spectacularly.

dbonfitto said...

But the four bodily humors are valid medicine, right?

Michael Caton said...

Indeed. One of the best ways to get creationists to stutter is to point out all the theories that culture conservatives and religious folks have stood by in the past that modern religious folks think are ridiculous. Unfortunately the culture of authority-over-data in medicine hasn't yet died out and there are practices that perserve due to good old-fashioned non-supernatural authoritarian inertia. And this is among the most unethical places for them to remain!

dbonfitto said...

You didn't grade my paper. You just drew a little yellow duck on it.

Anonymous said...

Bottom line: he will probably make a fine physician. Just because he neglects these lectures does not, by default, make him a poor student...it just makes him an intelligent individual whom lacks critical thinking skills when it comes to religion (scary).

Michael Caton said...

Right - skipping lectures isn't the problem (these students certainly wouldn't be the first to skip med school lectures) but rather the rejection of a whole part of the underlying science. It would be just as worrisome to have students who believed in elan vital or homeopathy and wouldn't go to pharmacology lectures.