Just up from the quote mine: When biology actually does make sense, ...
A friend writes to say,
One frequently quoted line in biology is Dobzhansky's (1973):
"Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution."
It was refreshing, however, to read John Dupre's footnote to this quotation:
"Actually I suspect that much of molecular biology would make perfectly good sense if biological organisms had been deliberately designed by God or Martians. And arguably molecular biology is currently a more active field (though not, perhaps, a theory) than is the study of evolution." (1)
It's nice to hear a bit of balance being brought to this overused dictum!
(1) Dupre, J. (2001) In defence of classification. Stud. His. Phil. Biol. Sci. 32(2):203-219.
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