Keith Robison robison1 at husc10.harvard.edu
Thu Jan 27 12:33:19 EST 1994

robin at cco.caltech.edu (Robert C. Colgrove) writes:

>aroger at ac.dal.ca writes:

>I seem to be evolving a role as group zealot alarm.
>As I've said about previous citations of Gould, Dawkins, Margulis, Wilson, etc.
>These are interesting, thoughtful and important works but one should not
>confuse them with balanced discussions of the subject.

>Like the others on this list, Cavalier-Smith has long been associated
>with certain firmly held idiosyncratic positions like the clay-theory
>for the origin of Life and the conviction that that selective pressures
>control genome size. These are distinclty minority opinions and not

I'm quite possibly wrong, but I think you are merging Cairns-Smith 
(clay biogenesis) with Cavalier-Smith (genome size, organelle evelution,
protists, introns late).  But your point about Cavalier-Smith is well put --
he is quite unafraid to put forward and defend heterodox theories. 

Keith Robison
Harvard University
Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology
Department of Genetics / HHMI

krobison at nucleus.harvard.edu 

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