February 28, 2003

Mindless Spawn of Space

In 1953, exactly fifty years ago today, Watson and Crick announced their explantion of How Living Things Work. Wonder where the two brilliant scientists have been since then? A few highlights...

Everybody complains about it, now Dr. Watson (of DNA Double-Helix fame) says we can do something about it. Better living through chemisty!

Watson says that low intelligence is an inherited disorder and that molecular biologists have a duty to devise gene therapies or screening tests to tackle stupidity.

"If you are really stupid, I would call that a disease," says Watson, now president of the Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory, New York. "The lower 10 per cent who really have difficulty, even in elementary school, what's the cause of it? A lot of people would like to say, 'Well, poverty, things like that.' It probably isn't. So I'd like to get rid of that, to help the lower 10 per cent."

Watson, no stranger to controversy, also suggests that genes influencing beauty could also be engineered. "People say it would be terrible if we made all girls pretty. I think it would be great."

Meanwhile, his sidekick, Dr. Francis Crick, has discovered that there is no meaning to meaning! Elementary, my dear Watson!

At the heart of the Crick-Koch hypothesis is a simple idea with vast implications. It is that consciousness, rather than representing some spiritual or God-given quality, is a biological process like digestion or circulation, generated by the activity of neurons in the brain. As he wrote in his 1994 book, "The Astonishing Hypothesis": "You, your joys and your sorrows--your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules."
And don't forget about Crick's former brainchild announced in his book in 1973 called "Directed Panspermia" which answers the question "where did life come from?" Answer: life on earth was seeded by microorganisms from a higher civilization and sent through space on unmanned rockets. Posted by fred1st at February 28, 2003 02:44 PM | TrackBack
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