[ExI] extropy-chat Digest, Vol 198, Issue 57
johnkclark at gmail.com
Tue Mar 24 15:00:02 UTC 2020
On Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 8:57 AM Ben Zaiboc via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
*> When we say 'a gene for x' what it really means is a gene which has been
> observed to have some connection to the characteristic x. *
Yeah, but forget genetics, that's what we always mean when we say X caused
Y. A nail (X) caused a flat tire (Y), but a nail by itself is
insufficient to produce a flat tire, you also need a tire.
*> Mendel and his peas might have kick-started the science of genetics, but
> in the bigger picture, an understanding of mendelian inheritance can be
> more of a hindrance than a help.*
I certainly don't think that's true. Mendel didn't tell us everything about
inheritance, it's more complicated than what Mendel thought, but he told
us a lot more than what we knew before.
John K Clark
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