Joined: Oct. 2005
|Quote (N.Wells @ Mar. 31 2007,23:53)|
|I've got to agree with Bass, for much the same reason that Zachriel disagrees with GilDodgen. |
Whitesides is clearly talking very loosely and is exaggerating for rhetorical effect, but nonetheless scientists shouldn't be dealing in beliefs and shouldn't be using that sort of language. In parallel with what Zachriel said, the default here is, we know very little about the origin of life, but we're working on it, and we have some suspicions and some hypotheses. Whitesides is welcome to his personal hunches, and is certainly welcome to state the reasons behind his hunches, but this is otherwise regrettable language.
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Also, chocolate for Kristine:
or for the story,
The recent Salvador incident shows it doesn't matter what you say, they will misuse your words.