cause-and-effect

barani barani at cc.purdue.edu
Fri Jun 17 17:48:43 EST 1994


I wish to comment on a particular type of articles posted in this 
newsgroup.

Many statements like the following appear in these articles:

"a cell becomes cancerous because it can lead to ageing..."
"certain genes are turned off or turned on because the future 
generation baby can be healthy..."
etc.

There is an element of the authors' personal beliefs in these 
arguments related to cause-and-effect.

What happens at the molecular level in a cell cannot be attributed
to human desirability and convictions (that Mother Nature intended 
it that way etc.!). We need to take an IMPERSONAL look at the ageing 
problem. Please do not make arguments which seemingly imply that 
there are Supernatural Reasons which is why we age, or, for that matter, 
"Nature Found a better way to recycle by killing us and producing babies" 
and so on. We need scientific information about the ageing process.
This scientific information is in terms of molecular mechanisms which
eventually lead to the morpidity of the macroscopic living system. 
Why certain genes are turned on or off should be explained on molecular 
biological reasons rather than that it is good for future etc. 
In simple words, 'future cannot be made a REASON for the present' 
while 'present can be EXPLAINED based on the past'.

S.Baranidharan
Lilly Hall of Life Sciences
Purdue University


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