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Title I don't know ... yet
Subject Medicine--Philosophy
Description The 44th Annual Frederick William Reynolds Lecture.
Creator Peterson, Chase N.
Publisher Frederick William Reynolds Association
Date 1981-02-11
Date Digital 2008-05-29
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Source R723 .P44
Language eng
Relation Digital reproduction of "I don't know ... yet," J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
Rights Digital Image Copyright University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Seungkeol Choe; Ken Rockwell
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Description I DON'T KNOW . . . YET respective universities.4 On reflection, doubt must accompany both scientific knowledge and spiritual faith. Doubt in action. Scientific knowledge is only today's hypothesis. Spirituality rests on faith, and faith requires an existential leap. Time and time again the Testaments caution Christians who require tangible evidence to buttress their faith. "For we walk by faith, not by sight."5 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."6 The living hypothesis shared by Hans Zaihinger and William James is no different than that recommended for today's supplicant with regard to faithij:8 The "As If " principle. "Act as if something hoped for but not immediately demonstrable is true, and then observe, measure, judge its effect to see whether the hypothesis rings true." Is that unscientific? It does illustrate the Heisenberg Principle wherein all experiments are complicated by the intrusion of the hypothesis. But it is also an example of man's willingness to explore the wilderness which surrounds his existence, which all brave and inquisitive people must do to grow and can do safely if they will never relinquish their commitment to monitor hypotheses. So with medicine, when digitalis is administered for heart failure, insulin for diabetic acidosis. Is the dose too great or too small? Even the tests of the blood levels cannot supply certain answers. Interaction of drug, patient, and physician will provide the answer and then only if the conditions of the retested hypothesis are observed. How does one see a deer in a camouflaged forest? Only when there is movement by the deer against its background. To receive a serve in tennis, you are advised to put your body in motion. That movement, even if you zig when the ball zags, is a better preparation for moving to the ball successfully than to be dead on one's heels. A further condition of the operational hypothesis is a mental toughness sufficient to resist embarking on a hypothesis until you are willing to pursue it thoroughly enough to prove its truth or fallacy. Charting this country through its economic problems has not yet succeeded in part because we have had frequent premature changes in our course of action. Professor Daniel Bell has paraphrased a line from the Talmud descriptive of such erratic action. "If you don't know where you want to go, any road will take you there."9 Not every hypothesis can be tested simultaneously. Let us now consider the appropriate tension between answers and questions in the context of health. We have never been healthier. We have never spent so much for medical care. Health care now accounts for more than nine percent of the Gross National Product (GNP); it was less than four percent in
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Source Original Manuscript: I don't know ... yet by Chase N. Peterson.
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Date Created 2008-07-29
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