Re: Fw: [prj] Memes: Dawkins on Science and Sensibility

Anton Sherwood (
Tue, 10 Mar 1998 19:42:37 -0700

> From: Lloyd Miller, Research Director <>
> | Dawkins' idea that the biological body is "nothing but" a space ship for
> |"selfish genes" anxious to spread and reproduce themselves is "materialist
> |reductionism" at its worst.....a blatant demand that we ignore the evidence
> |available to each and every one of us for the reality of "wholes"

bla bla bla.

Those who find science a threat to our godlike uniqueness and dignity
have a habit of complaining that scientists reduce us to "nothing but".
Those two little words are an overreaction. When a reductionist says
"nothing but (atoms, cells, genes, etc)" it means "wow, all this
complexity arises from such a simple foundation, isn't that wonderful?"
It does *not* mean "Man is equivalent to a random heap of (atoms, cells,

"How'd ya like to climb this high without no mountain?" --Porky Pine
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