|René Magritte: This is not a pipe.|
It's a painting. But a painting of 'a'
pipe--but not 'the' pipe, which doesn't
actually exist in the real world. Or does it?
Saturday, August 04, 2012
LINK: Ooops! The human genome does not exist! Part I. The notion of a type specimen
I am posting this, or rather posting a link to this article because I thought it was fascinating. Hereon I shall sit firmly on the fence, but would be interested in comments from those more qualified than I to judge it. (That means YOU: Doctors Naish, Shuker, Holdsworth etc, and Max if you are reading this...)
Despite many claims to the contrary, that The Human Genome project sequenced the human genome and thus set in motion the most exciting era of fundamental new scientific discovery since Galileo, it has turned out that the HG doesn't exist, after all. It no more exists than does 'the chair' or 'the dog' as Plato once asserted. He said we have dogs and chairs but they are only imperfect instances of the real true dog and chair.