Now this was a fun, even an exciting interview, since this guy puts a little backbone into the very notions I’m trying to convey. It’s worth a listen.
Why Dawkins is wrong - Dennis Noble
Jun 3, 2023 The Institute of Art and Ideas
In this interview, esteemed biologist Denis Noble explains why our approach to biology is the wrong way around. We thought that the sequencing of genetic information would unlock vast developments in medical cures for a whole host of illnesses. However, sequencing the genome alone hasn’t revolutionised medicine.
Denis Noble argues that we have our treatments the wrong way around. Instead, we need to recognise that genes are not on/off switches, and move beyond dualism in Biology.
Watch world-famous scientist Richard Dawkins go head-to-head with celebrated biologist Denis Noble as they debate the role of genes over the eons at https://iai.tv/video/the-gene-machine…
00:26 Why does the idea of genetic determinism have such a lasting appeal?
06:13 What do you see as the fault of this gene-centric Neo-Darwinian picture?
11:22 How did Darwin’s view get distorted by Neo-Darwinism?
14:18 What is the alternative to genetic determinism?
–(the genes = musical notes analogy, very good)
16:40 Decartes’ mistake
17:55 Can determinism come from the environment?
'Harnessing chance. (19:07) … creativity
The process is within ourselves.
– 21:30 Being made out of water vs. silicon . . . harnessing change
22:37 What do you make of CRISPR and human enhancement?
24:53 What is the biggest question in molecular biology at the moment? Oxford Professor and one of the pioneers of Systems Biology, Noble developed the first viable mathematical model of the working heart in 1960.
“… I think we have to get back I’m sorry to say this because I am a physiologist we need to get back to a physiological interpretation now I wrote an article just two years ago together with a colleague and I called it could physiology rescue genomics …”
Denis Noble CBE FRS FMedSci MAE (born 16 November 1936) is a British physiologist and biologistwho held the Burdon Sanderson Chair of Cardiovascular Physiology at the University of Oxford from 1984 to 2004 and was appointed Professor Emeritus and co-Director of Computational Physiology. He is one of the pioneers of systems biology and developed the first viable mathematical model of the working heart in 1960.