4. BIOLOGY

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4.2 BIOLOGY QUOTES

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A great deal of the universe does not need any explanation.  Elephants, for
instance.  Once molecules have learnt to compete and to create other
molecules in their own image, elephants, and things resembling elephants,
will in due course be found roaming the country side ...  Some of the
things resembling elephants will be men.
  -- Peter William Atkins (British theoretical chemist, 1940-....) in "The
  Creation" (1983), 3

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Teleology is a lady without whom no biologist can live.  Yet he is ashamed
to show himself with her in public.
   -- Ernst Wilhem von Bröcke (German physiologist, 1819-1892)

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June 8
July 28
Special Category: Francis Crick
From: Philip Clarke <clar0318#NoSpam.flinders.edu.au>
Trying to determine the structure of a protein by UV spectroscopy was like
trying to determine the structure of a piano by listening to the sound it
made while being dropped down a flight of stairs.
-- Francis Crick [British molecular biologist, 1916- ]

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From: edftz#NoSpam.aol.com (Ed Fitzgerald)

EVOLUTION
Februari 9
May 31
Special Category: Jacques Monod
[A] curious aspect of the theory of evolution is that everybody thinks he
understands it.
 -- Jacques Monod (1910-1979) _On the Molecular Theory of Evolution_ (1974)
(French Biochemist, Nobel Prize Medicine 1965)

June 8
July 28
Special Category: Francis Crick
Orgel's Second Rule: Evolution is cleverer than you are.
 -- Francis Crick (British molecular biologist, 1916- ) quoted by
Daniel C. Dennett in _Elbow Room_ (1984)

June 17
Special Category: Franॉois Jacob
Evolution is a tinkerer.
 -- Francois Jacob (French biochemist 1920- )"Evolution and Tinkering" (1977)

From: kriman#NoSpam.acsu.buffalo.edu (Alfred M. Kriman)

December 4
June 18
A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg.
 -- Samuel Butler _Life and Habit_ (1877)

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November 5
December 1
Special Category: John B. S. Haldane
@A: Haldane, John Burdon Sanderson (British geneticist and writer, 1892-1964)
@Q:     He seems to have an inordinate fondness for beetles.
@%: When asked late in his life whether his studies had taught him anything
about God that he might care to share.
@%: JBS Haldane was an atheist.
@%: Beetles comprise about a quarter of all known species.
@Poster: Dan Case (V140PXGT#NoSpam.ubvms.cc.buffalo.edu), who has had
correspondence published in _The New Republic_, and others.

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From: gt4495c#NoSpam.prism.gatech.edu (Giannhs)

Physics-envy is the curse of biology. -- Joel Cohen

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Xdat326:Blind watchmaker
[Natural Selection] has not vision, no foresight, no sight at all.  If it
can be said to be play the role of watchmaker in nature, it is the *blind*
watchmaker.
 - Richard Dawkins (English biologist,1941-)in The Blind Watchmaker (1986)

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Xdat326:ways of being alive and dead
However many ways there may be of being alife, it is certain that there are
vastly more ways of being dead.
 - Richard Dawkins (English biologist,1941-)in The Blind Watchmaker (1986)

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Xdat326:The essence of life
The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale.
 - Richard Dawkins (English biologist,1941-)in The Blind Watchmaker (1986)

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Xdat326:Survival machines
They are in you and me; they created us, body and mind; and their
preservation is the ultimate rationale for our existence ... they go by the
name of genes, and we are their survival machines.
 - Richard Dawkins (English biologist,1941-)in The Selfish Gene (1976)

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From: neve#NoSpam.up.univ-mrs.fr (Gabriel NEVE)

"The death of the butterfly is the one drawback to an
entomological career"
 - Margaret E. Fountaine (1892)

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From: Ian Ellis <ian#NoSpam.iglou.com>
"The species of whale known as the black right whale has four kilos
of brains and 1,000 kilos of
     testicles. If it thinks at all, we know what it is thinking about."

     Jon Lien, "Whale Professor" at St. John's University, Newfoundland,
speaking to the Norwegian Telegram
     Agency (spring 1995).

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September 12
Januari 29
Mencken, H. L. (1880 - 1956)
It is now quite lawful for a Catholic woman to avoid pregnancy by a resort
to mathematics, though she is still forbidden to resort to physics and
chemistry.
Notebooks, "Minority Report".

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June 28
"Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without
any proof." -- Ashley Montague

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From: eclayton#NoSpam.trincoll.edu (Edward Clayton)

 "The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be shut from the
  intrusion of the wise and humane surgeon".
        -Sir John Eric Ericksen, British surgeon, appointed
         Surgeon-Extraordinary to Queen Victoria 1873.

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From: eclayton#NoSpam.trincoll.edu (Edward Clayton)

 "If excessive smoking actually plays a role in the production of lung
  cancer, it seems to be a minor one."
        -Dr. W.C. Heuper of the National Cancer Institute, as quoted in
         the New York Times on April 14, 1954.

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From: eclayton#NoSpam.trincoll.edu (Edward Clayton)

 "For the majority of People, smoking has a beneficial effect."
        -Dr. Ian G. Macdonald, Los Angeles surgeon, quoted in
         "Newsweek", Nov.18th 1963.

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November 5
December 1
Februari 28
August 19
Special Category: John B. S. Haldane
Special Category: Linus Pauling
Every species of plant and animal is determined by a pool of germ plasm
that has been most carefully selected over a period of hundreds of millions
of years.  We can understand now why it is that mutations in these
carefully selected organisms almost invariably are detrimental.  The
situation can be suggested by a statement by Dr. J.B.S. Haldane: "My clock
is not keeping perfect time.  It is conceivable that it will run better if
I shoot a bullet through it; but it is much more probable that it will stop
altogether."  Professor George Beadle, in this connection, has asked: "What
is the chance that a typographical error would improve Hamlet?"
- Linus Pauling (in "No more War!")

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From: scotth9999#NoSpam.aol.com (ScottH9999)
Special Category: Louis Pasteur
December 27
September 28
"[Louis Pasteur's]... theory of germs is a ridiculous fiction.
     "How do you think that these germs in the air can be numerous enough
to develop into all these organic infusions? If that were true, they would
be numerous enough to form a thick fog, as dense as iron."
      --Pierre Pochet, Professor of Physiology at Toulouse, "The Universe:
The Infinitely Great and the Infinitely Small" (1872); quoted in "The
Experts Speak: The Definitive Compendium of Authoritative Misinformation",
ed. by Christopher Cerf and Victor Navasky, (NY: Pantheon Books, 1984),
p. 30.

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From: <xanthus#NoSpam.qni.com>
Sex is a relatively recent addition to the dance of life. For more than
2,000,000,000 years, asexual reproduction was the rule. You know, if you
were a creature, you just separated into two clones.
   --  Walters, Mark Jerome     The Harper Book of Quotations. Third Edition

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Special Category: Norbert Wiener
November 26
March 18
From: eugenio#NoSpam.ci.uminho.pt (Eugenio Campos Ferreira)

"The best model of a cat is another cat or, better, the cat itself" - N.WIENER

From: Eric DeLeon <ericdeleon7269#NoSpam.gmail.com>

The quote listed can actually be credit to Arturo Rosenblueth, who, at one
time or another actually worked with Norbert Wiener, and is more accurate
as follows: 

"The best model of a cat is another cat..., specially the same cat."

  -- Arturo Rosenblueth (Arturo Rosenblueth Stearns (October 2, 1900
  September 20, 1970) was a Mexican researcher, physician and physiologist,
  who is known as one of the pioneers of cybernetics. 


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From: sjb8502#NoSpam.ucs.usl.edu (Bienvenu Jay )

"People are DNA's way of making more DNA." - Edward O. Wilson, 1975

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From: milligan#NoSpam.smartlink.net (Michael M Milligan)

Dr. Francis Gunther, known to his peers as the father of pesticide
residue chemistry, once said regarding humankind's ever increasing
ability to detect infinitestimal quantities of pesticides in food and
the paranoia that attends it in the minds of some:

"Yesterday we looked for little bits of a few things in some things;
today we look for less of more things in anything; tomorrow we will
look for nothing in everything."

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