HPYockey told the entire world:
> When I got my Ph.D in physics at Berkeley one had to pass a test in
> reading French and German. Russian has been included at some universities.
> Although one of the results of World War II is that English has become a
> lingua franca, as Latin was in Sir Isaac Newton's time, nevertheless, a
> knowledge of other languages is a mark of the educated person. By the same
> token, ignorance thereof is the mark of the uneducated. It is astonishing
> to me that one who represents himself as a post-doc is proud of his
> ignorance of languages other than English.
Could you please confine this self-congratulatory style of writing to
e-mail, or at least to alt.flame? Most of us here could probably post
stuff about ourselves that makes us look like philosopher-kings. We
refrain from doing so because *genuine* philosopher-kings have better
things to do with their time.
And how about the phylogenetic analyses indicating that mitochondrial
genetic codes are recent derivations, not ancient?