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Mr V. Schoenfeld DOM vs10005 at crc.ac.uk
Mon Aug 29 12:55:11 EST 1994

In article <Cv3tny.MvJ at murdoch.acc.Virginia.EDU>, jpc4e at dayhoff.med.Virginia.EDU (Jonathan Paul Carson) writes:
> I've gotten some comments (very helpful ones, actually) about
> my last posting.  
> I never claimed to dethrone Darwin or uphold some
> Bible-thumping view.  I never wished to throw aside all of the
> subtlety in the available models we know of in population
> genetics by speaking plainly and generally.  I never wanted to
> preach the emergence of some Gaian global New Age consciousness.
> Lovelock and Margulis are visionaries whom I admire, though; I
> suspect that they are unhappy with the negative attention they've
> gotten from crystal-brandishing gurus and cyncial hard-nosed
> skeptics, alike.
> A fully-fleshed out idea is not necessarily a good one (due to
> the fact that it is always a bit *too* exclusive); a half-baked
> idea is not necessarily a bad one (inspiration moves science
> along just as reductionist logic gives form to good ideas).
> All I wanted to   posit   was the notion that evolution and
> its underlying biochemical mechanisms is still a *dynamic*
> field that generates much excitement among myself and others--
> admittedly I have to brush up on my understanding of genetics
> (and will do so very soon).  I mean dynamic in the sense that
> molecular biology and the study of evolution are not merely
> tools with which to continue the never-ending (and futile)
> dissection of life.  They might possibly converge to yield some
> powerful and far-reaching concepts of the whole.  I mean, be
> serious.  Does anyone study a living being as if it were a damn
> clock with just a lot of pieces?  If you do, I wonder how you
> look at your collegues and those you call friends.
> 						jon

'futile dissection of life'?????
What are you doing in this Newsgroup?
And by the way, a clock is not just a lot of pieces. It gives you the time.
But maybe that's too subtle.


Vincent Schoenfeld
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University Department of Medicine
Addenbrooke's Hospital
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