BEHAVIOURAL ECOLOGY RESEARCH GROUP, OXFORD
How fleeting are the wishes and efforts of man! how short his time! and consequently how poor will be his results, compared with those accumulated by Nature during whole geological periods!
—Charles Darwin, On The Origin of Species (1859)
Why them? Why is this species [the New Caledonian crow] on a small island in the Pacific able to not just use but to manufacture a variety of tools, and in a flexible rather than a rote or programmatic way? Why are they able to do at least as well as chimpanzees on experiments of cognition…?
Scientists are both feared and respected, perhaps not unlike the Aztec priests of old…57% of Mexicans interviewed agreed that “due to their knowledge, scientific researchers have power which makes them dangerous.”
Although many “genome” companies and researchers are promoting personal genomics for medicine and/or life choices, regulation of data quality and standards is lacking, which has made deceptive marketing a reality in some instances.
—Genomicist J. Craig Venter, writing in Science on the 10th anniversary of the first peer-reviewed reports describing the sequencing of the human genome (Feb. 4, 2011)
No matter how many randomized clinical trials have been done on a particular topic, about half the clinical trials cite none or only one of them.
About two-thirds of our essential genetic information—our “dark genome”—is needed for processes whose nature mostly remains a mystery.
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