The Predicament of Bioelectronic Medicine
In 1908, an amateur American geologist named Frank Bursley Taylor noticed that the coastlines of Africa and South America were similar, and made the hypothesis that continents slid around and when they did, the movement created mountain chains. He didn’t have any evidence, but he was right — and thought to be crazy.
Four years later, a meteorologist in Germany named Alfred Wegener picked up on this hypothesis and studied it more closely. He realized that fossils of the same species and period showed up around the world — across oceans that were too far to swim.
He was the first to name the massive landmass that our continents formed from, called “Pangaea”, in his book titled “The Origins of Continents and Oceans.”
Eight years later, as the idea picked up attention, geologists around the world dismissed it altogether — not only was it outlandish, but a meteorologist came up with it. Not a geologist. Heaven and academia forbid.
Instead, geologists decided that the way to explain the migration of ancient animals was that they traveled across ancient “land bridges” that spanned oceans.
And the idea of land bridges, without a quark of evidence, lasted for 50 years — even after Arthur Holmes, an English geologist developed his theory of continental drift from the Earth’s radioactive warming which produced convection currents in 1944.
In 1964, after many scientists and rejected papers later, the Royal Society finally accepted the conclusive evidence that the continents and seafloors are constantly in motion — and named the theory plate tectonics. Even so, for more than two decades, many geologists didn’t believe it.
The problem is that on a societal level, we can’t stand change. We like our routines. We find comfort in certainty.
Throughout history, before science makes progress, first it makes people really mad.
For those in the pharmaceutical industry and the medical field who pushback against the evidence of bioelectronic medicine because it challenges the conventions of medicine and physiology as we know it, I ask you one question:
Do you want to be considered a pioneer on the new frontier, or a footnote in a history book as someone who touted the existence of land bridges?
For your further reading pleasure, pick yourself up a copy of 'A Short History of Nearly Everything' by Bill Bryson. I look forward to talking his ear off about electricity and bioelectronic medicine someday.