A bevy of emails announces cures for blindness. Treatment breakthroughs promise sight where there was none. Artificial retinas produce distinct images. Cell transplants bring sight to dogs. I’m curious, naturally.
Take the Bio Retina, the electronic eye part that produces 516-pixel, monochrome vision where none existed. Got to go to Europe for the operation, but, hey, I’ll take Paris in black and white any old day. At $60,000, the Bio Retina is only half the price of its rival, the Argus 2, and you don’t need to wear those funny-looking glasses or have wires coming out of your head.
At the Bio Retina website, I find seventy-three public comments. I’m ready for testimonials, first-hand reports, the facts behind the claims. I’m eager for news of Phase Three human trials, FDA fast-tracking, money-back guarantees. What I find in comment #1 is this: ”You’ll never see this with Obamacare.”
OMG! Partisan politics at the scientific website? Personal ideology in the medical model? The nerve! Comment #2 begs for objectivity, for an open-minded appraisal without prejudice and personal agendas. OK. Now we’re back on the right track.
But no. In thirty subsequent comments, I am told that Creationists impede scientific progress, that Science has no business in God’s work, that Democrats have bleeding hearts and Republicans have no hearts at all. I’m told that if God wanted the blind to see, He’d arrange it and that those who’d interfere in His work are Godless. I’m told that if you’re blind, you probably deserve it, so quit your bellyaching.
I’ve heard enough. I exit the Bio Retina website, thirty comments short of the last word. Jeez. Honest, all I wanted to hear was if there is a chance that I might see again.