Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Limitations of Mapping the Genome

Peter Leithart has a fascinating post about genome mapping and the apparent fact that biology's fundamental principles about genomes and their relationship to the form and diversity of living things have been completely wrong.

Here is the conclusion:
The upshot is that two of the most aggressive and exciting scientific projects of the last half century [i.e. brain science and genome mapping] have revealed that science can’t explain the reality of things, especially of living things. It’s time, [Le Fanu] suggests, to give up the modern notion that science gets at a level of reality that is somehow “more real” than our daily experience of the world.
Read the whole thing.

1 comment:

Ian Clausen said...

Sounds a lot like a phenomenological critique of science, or at least one kind of phen. critique. I've been interested in this tactic recently, its positive aspects and its shortcomings. I've become somewhat wary of the word 'limit' when applied to what science can tell us, because it seems to surrender to science a particular conception of 'what reality is' - but I'm not sure I can offer any alternatives at the moment. Interesting stuff though.