Bill Skaggs wrote in message ...
>>Come on, folks, this is a ridiculous thing to argue about. DNA is
>essentially source code that gets compiled by machinery in the cell
>into a set of proteins.
>>Suppose I have a C program containing the line "x = 0;", and I say,
>"This line sets the value of x to zero."
>>Would you say, "You idiot! That line is only a piece of text, and it
>doesn't do anything! The machinery in the computer is what sets the
>value of x to zero!"?
>>No, you wouldn't say that, because it would be absurdly pedantic.
I've said just that on occasion. It depends upon the issue upon which
I am focusing. Sometimes such pedantics serve a purpose. I've even
gone so far as to suggest the computer doesn't set anything to zero
but has regular behaviors some of which can be interpreted as doing so.