The gene’s eye view of life, proposed in Richard Dawkins acclaimed bestseller The Selfish Gene, sees living bodies as mere vehicles for the replication of genetic codes. But in The Music of Life, world renowned physiologist Denis Noble argues that, to truly understand life, we must look beyond the “selfish gene” to consider life on a much wider variety of levels.
Of course, but then we would have to give up sound bites, smackdowns, and Darwin-in-the-schools “superheroes.”
We are told at Amazon: Denis Noble is Emeritus Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology at the University of Oxford. He was Chairman of the International Union of Physiological Sciences World Congress in 1993, and Secretary-General of IUPS from 1993-2001. Apparently, evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne, Darwin’s kitty cat,* doesn’t like what Noble has to say.:
Here we go again: someone arguing that DARWIN WAS RONG (well, he was, on several issues) and also that DARWIN’S INTELLECTUAL DESCENDANTS ARE RONG TOO. But this time it’s not a creationist but a card-carrying biologist, and a famous one, too.
Really? Gosh, even the rescue kitties at the northern branch of the UD News office would be sniffing the wind at this point.
Are Darwin’s faithful starting to get centred out? Thoughts?
* Heck, it’s the best thing about the guy. He loves cats in a world where people are nuts about them in all the wrong ways. It is the cat’s perverse fate NOT to be regarded as “just an animal” when he in fact is, whereas it is the human’s perverse fate to be regarded as “just an animal” when he in fact isn’t.
Hat tip: Matthew Cochrane