Saturday, August 06, 2005

Haldane on the future, and perversion   posted by Razib @ 8/06/2005 01:05:00 AM

Cosma has transcriped this old 1923 paper by J.B.S. Haldane on science and the future, with a biofocus. Haldane really is way too optimistic about the progress of biological engineering, for example, he says "It was in 1951 that Dupont and Schwarz produced the first ectogenetic [outside the womb] child." But the essay is worth this great line: "The biological invention then tends to begin as a perversion and end as a ritual supported by unquestioned beliefs and prejudices."