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Meandering With Myrn: Episode 229

Posted Jan 23 2013 6:58am

The Elusive Genome

When I was a little kid some wise person, who I like to think was my grandmother because she was a very wise woman, said to me, “Never say never or always.” No doubt she wasn’t the first person to realize the value of such awareness. Perhaps because of this indoctrination—or maybe brainwashing—I tend to be very suspicious of those who speak in terms of absolutes, and especially those that deal with biology or behavior. Rather than communicating the speaker’s certainty, I view such pronouncements as more likely communicating that person’s naïveté. As studies of the genome make clear,making cases for absolute connections isn’t a wise thing to do.

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