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80 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 02 November 2007 06:57AM

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Comment author: g 02 November 2007 10:10:22PM 1 point [-]

Douglas, you've said more than once now that evolutionary biology, when applied to tuberculosis, "predicts a cure and produces an incurable disease". Maybe I'm being dim, but this seems to me to be absolute rubbish.

1. Antibiotics *did* and *do* cure a whole lot of TB, and have saved an enormous number of lives by doing so.

2. Evolutionary biology, so far as I know, didn't have anything to do with the development of antibiotics as TB treatments nor with the way in which they were used.

3. So far as I'm aware, orthodox evolutionary biology doesn't make any predictions that contradict what's actually happened with TB antibiotic resistance.

Do you have an argument here that makes more sense than "Antibiotic-resistance in TB is bad. It has something to do with evolution. Therefore evolution is bad"?

(Oh, and while "Darwin's Dangerous Idea" is certainly very gung-ho about evolution, it does not in fact say that evolution is the explanation of everything. I have never heard anyone say that evolution is the explanation of everything.)