REVISED 28 May
It’s been done! Scientists have created a retina in a laboratory. Science Daily reports:
UC Irvine scientists have created an eight-layer, early stage retina from human embryonic stem cells, the first three-dimensional tissue structure to be made from stem cells. It also marks the first step toward the development of transplant-ready retinas to treat eye disorders such as retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration that affect millions.
The ‘creationists’ have often poined to the eye as the best ‘example’ of just how wonderfully perfect the Creator’s magic is, but now that ‘magic” is being concocted in a science lab. At least the retina is for starters. Oh yes, that ‘perfect eye’ thing is rather a myth as those of us who wear glasses can testify. Or those with macular degeneration or the blind. Fortunately new stem cell rules were put in place when the Obama Administration took over so that scientists can now begin to repair this not-so perfect human body.
I am always amazed to see just how many new science discoveries have been detailed each day as I check out my favorite science sites. The ‘mysteries’ of life are being peeled back daily as scientists investigate, explore and experiment. The ‘magic’ that our ancestors believed in is being eroded with each new discovery. Myths and legends fall by the wayside and are replaced by provable facts.
This truly is the second age of enlightenment. Most of the people on earth celebrate and welcome these new discoveries. Yet there is one group which is fear-filled: the fundamentalists. Fundamentalists, clinging to their ‘holy books,’ abhor science and what truths it brings to light. Their once-sacred texts are falling apart, their myths and magic exposed, much like Dorthy’s dog, Toto.
They don’t give up easily, though. They can’t. Sadly, the entire belief system is built on sand and, as the discoveries of science lap at the foundation, the structure is slowly crumbling. Most fundamentalists have put their very heart and souls into these beliefs and they are not willing to easily give them up.
Christian fundamentalists in America are in much more danger than their cousins- the Muslim fundamentalists in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. There, these new science truths are often repressed and/or denied by powerful clerics who wish to keep their congregations ignorant and the magic alive. Here in The States, however, the truths are available 24/7 for all to read. Censure is not possible.
That’s why American fundamentalist Christians are worried; that’s why there is an ongoing effort to denounce many of these scientific discoveries with ‘testimony’ from their own ‘expert witnesses.’ Further, many choose to home school their children so that these science concepts are not taught to the children.
They tried and succeeded in many instances to elect their own people to state and local school boards [note Texas Board of Education] in order to ‘filter’ the data and the facts about not only science but also history. Luckily they are in the minority and most Americans are in the know about that ruse.
It is, however, an on-going struggle from which fundamentalists will not back down easily. If they do, if they open the windows to allow fresh air and light in, then all of their myth, mystery and magic will evaporate instantly. And, their ‘faith’ along with it.