Scott quoted a famous geneticist, who said, "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution." I would like to drop one word, so that the quote is true. It should read, "Nothing in biology makes sense in the light of evolution." For example, evolution has no explanation as to why and how around 1.4 million species of animals evolved as male and female. No one even goes near explaining how and why each species managed to reproduce (during the millions of years the female was supposedly evolving to maturity) without the right reproductive machinery.
Explaining just what I had hoped the story to say is very difficult. I suppose, I hoped, by setting a particularly brutal ancient rite in the present and in my own village to shock the story's readers with a graphic dramatization of the pointless violence and general inhumanity in their own lives.shirley jackson
A scientist has the additional responsibility that comes with being a specialist: Explaining science to the public, advising of its usefulness and benefits, and warning of its dangers and disadvantages. This is the responsibility of any specialist.larkin kerwin
And Coleridge, too, has lately taken wing, But, like a hawk encumbered with his hood, Explaining metaphysics to the nation I wished he would explain his explanation.Rochdale
Hitlerhadalready foundout how tocureunemployment before Keynes had finished Explaining why it occurred.Edwin Arlington Robinson
There is a popular superstition that "realism" asserts itself in the cataloguing of a great number of material objects, in Explaining mechanical processes, the methods of operating manufactories and trades, and in minutely and unsparingly describing physical sensations. But is not realism, more than it is anything else, an attitude of mind on the part of the writer toward his material, a vague indication of the sympathy and candour with which he accepts, rather than chooses, his theme?willa cather
And the venality of those Judaized is incapable of Explaining anti-Semitism as a social phenomenon, we will call it the anti-Semitic theory.a.c. cuza
I went around to the little schoolhouses, talking like a professor, Explaining our platform. We were lucky if the collection gave us enough for gas to get to the next place. We encouraged questions, and people asked us if it was true we were going to take their farms, like the Soviets in Russia, and did we believe in God.tommy douglas
One day he was Explaining a relation to me; then he suddenly turned round and said, "Sir, an equation has no meaning for me unless it expresses a thought of GOD."
Presidents may go to the seashore or to the mountains. Cabinet officers may go about the country Explaining how fortunate the country is in having such an administration, but the machinery at Washington continues to operate under the army of faithful non-commissioned officers, and the great mass of governmental business is uninterrupted.william howard taft
Criticism will need an injection of humility that is, a recognition of its role as ancillary to the arts, needed only occasionally in a temporary capacity. Since the critic exists only for introducing and Explaining, he must be readily intelligible; he has no special vocabulary: criticism is in no way a science or a system.jacques barzun
It is clear that the building of models is not a purely mechanical process but requires skill of a high order – not merely mathematical skill but a sensitivity to the relative importance of different factors and a critical, almost an artistic, faculty in the selection of behaviour equations which are reasonable, tentative hypotheses in Explaining the behaviour of actual economies.kenneth boulding
In Explaining any puzzling Washington phenomenon, always choose stupidity over conspiracy, incompetence over cunning. Anything else gives them too much credit.charles krauthammer
The strange and wonderful Book of Job treats of the same subject as we are discussing; its contents are a fiction, conceived for the purpose of Explaining the different opinions which people hold on Divine Providence. ...This fiction, however, is in so far different from other fictions that it includes profound ideas and great mysteries, removes great doubts, and reveals the most important truths. I will discuss it as fully as possible; and I will also tell you the words of our Sages that suggested to me the explanation of this great poem.maimonides
In short, competition has to shoulder the responsibility of Explaining all the meaningless ideas of the economists, whereas it should rather be the economists who explain competition.karl marx
It was not that the figure had been removed, not that the figures had been swept away, but the symbols for the figures, and in turn the shapes in the later canvases were substitutes for the figures.. ..these new shapes say.. ..what the symbols said. (Rothko, Explaining Seitz his new way of painting during the mid-1940s)mark rothko
They [free market policies] were never based on solid empirical and theoretical foundations, and even as many of these policies were being pushed, academic economists were Explaining the limitations of markets for instance, whenever information is imperfect, which is to say always.joseph e. stiglitz
Your strength as a rationalist is your ability to be more confused by fiction than by reality . If you are equally good at Explaining any outcome, you have zero knowledge.eliezer yudkowsky
We should no longer have trouble Explaining the scope and methods of operations research to the layman. We already can say: operations research is the activity carried on by members of the Operational Research Society; its methods are those reported in our journal.
I heard by grace of Vyasa of Krishna’s highest mystery, Yoga from the Lord of Yoga Explaining personally.
Lobbyists are in many cases expert technicians and capable of Explaining complex and difficult subjects in a clear, understandable fashion. They engage in personal discussions with Members of Congress in which they can explain in detail the reasons for positions they advocate…. Because our congressional representation is based on geographical boundaries, the lobbyists who speak for the various economic, commercial, and other functional interests of this country serve a very useful purpose and have assumed an important role in the legislative process.
Technical rules are not to be relied upon in Explaining the intention of testators: and yet cases of intention are much embarrassed by authorities.
But I have seen my obstacles: trivialities, learning and poetry. This last needs Explaining: the old artist's readiness to dissolve characters into a haze. Characters cannot come alive and fight and guide the world unless the novelist wants them to remain characters.
God is an unnecessary hypothesis for Explaining the natural world. But ... this is not something that needs to be ascribed to God anyway, so it hardly implies that evolution and religion are incompatible, any more than showing that God is not needed to explain plumbing makes plumbing incompatible with religion.
It can therefore be said that, from the viewpoint of the doctrine of the faith, there are no difficulties in Explaining the origin of man in regard to the body, by means of the theory of evolution.
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