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1 freetoken  Aug 6, 2014 7:07:01am

The title of Blanchard’s piece is catchy enough that it caught my eye the other day so I read it. But I have to say that I think he really hasn’t done that well of a job.

Like so many writers, even on this subject, he can’t seem to let go of the teleological language. For example:

Genes, stored in every cell, are the body’s blueprints; they code for traits like eye color, disease susceptibility, and a bazillion other things that make you you.

If genes are “code”, then who wrote the “code”. If genes are “blueprints”, who drew up the “blueprints”.

This is not pedantry on my part - language is important and there are immutable ties behind our language’s history and our religious history.

2 Randall Gross  Aug 6, 2014 8:02:30am

re: #1 freetoken

The title of Blanchard’s piece is catchy enough that it caught my eye the other day so I read it. But I have to say that I think he really hasn’t done that well of a job.

Like so many writers, even on this subject, he can’t seem to let go of the teleological language. For example:

Genes, stored in every cell, are the body’s blueprints; they code for traits like eye color, disease susceptibility, and a bazillion other things that make you you.

If genes are “code”, then who wrote the “code”. If genes are “blueprints”, who drew up the “blueprints”.

This is not pedantry on my part - language is important and there are immutable ties behind our language’s history and our religious history.

While I agree with you there’s also the consideration that when communicating to convince someone you really do need to use language amenable to the person you are talking to.

3 1Peter G1  Aug 6, 2014 8:19:50am

re: #1 freetoken

Not really. it is merely a presumption on your part that code must be written by a mind and cannot be randomly generated.


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