Tuesday, February 17, 2015

res ipsa loquitur

the thing speaks for itself

i'm not sick of my window yet. are you?

I've learned enough in the way of Latin roots in medical school to be thankful for the elements of classical education my mother drilled into my head at a very young age, but for some reason I enjoy the odd Latin phrases sometimes thrown at us far more than strange and unintuitively-named pieces of the body. :) 

This particular phrase I thought was rather fitting, as I was thinking about a little thing I learned in my last course, The Gastrointestinal System. 

You know those days when you're feeling sick to your stomach? And it's getting worse? And then you have a bad taste in your mouth and you know you're going to throw up very soon? 

I don't know if you've noticed or not, but when your body is getting ready to make you throw up and wish you'd never been born (or maybe it's only me that hates throwing up that much... :P I really hate it...), your mouth fills with saliva. Everything is telling your GI system to, after a fashion, reverse its normal process...which means a whole lot of acid from your stomach is going to be in your mouth, which has none of the protective mechanisms that your stomach does. So, your body starts pumping alkaline saliva into your mouth to protect your teeth by neutralizing the acid.

In the midst of the thousands of anatomical facts, physiological mechanisms, chemical reactions, and miscellaneous important information that fill our 8am-3pm lectures, it's funny how the little things can catch my attention. And that is a little thing. 

In a world that came about by chance, explain to me how we could possibly come up with enough evolutionary pressure to make protective saliva a thing? It's not like humanity throws up all that much, or like their teeth would be irreversibly damaged and kill them if they acid-burned the enamel off. Sure, they might be a little less healthy...maybe have a few fewer teeth...(and then they'd have room for wisdom teeth in their mouths! Ha!) but on the scale of things necessary to keep you alive and more able to pass on your genes, I feel like that's preeeeeetty far down on the list. 

Y'know, it's these little details about the world that make me more in awe of God. Faith by definition means believing the unprovable. the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen...hope that is seen is not hope, for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? If we could PROVE The God of the Bible is exactly who He claims to be and that He claims to be who He is...faith would be unnecessary. And yet...when history and science and life in general all line up in agreement, it's rather more easy than not to have faith.

Don't ever believe science goes against God. 

The Thing Speaks For Itself.


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