Re: Feo3: Can anyone help with genetics question

Posted by Amaranth Rose on Feb 19, 2004 at 03:30

Re: Feo3: Can anyone help with genetics question (Feo Amante)

Those who recognize that there is both darkness and light are at least carrying a candle waiting to be lit. Those who choose to turn toward the light are at least heading in the right direction. I truly feel sorry for our South African accountant; he is yearning, seeking, searching, and been unfortunate enough to fall into the hands of snake-oil selling charlatans, misinformation merchants who peddle misery and suffering throughout the globe to all the inhabitants thereof who are unlucky enough to fall into their clutches. One wonders if in his schooling he had any introduction to the basics of Biology (not the Faith-o-matic perversion thereof) or any investigative science. Many people of otherwise good intellect have been led down the Faith-o-matic path by zealous "educators" with a real hidden agenda of proselytizing their faith. Science is not a religion; it shouldn't be taught as such. Yes, I know who's going to jump on that statement. But that's another rant entirely.

There is a piece of folk wisdom I learned so long ago I have truly forgotten its origin, if indeed it is not ageless and timeless. I will offer it now and see if you do not see yourself within its matrix.

He who knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is a fool. Shun him.
He who knows not, and knows that he knows not, is simple. Teach him.
He who knows, and knows not that he knows, is lost. Guide him.
He who knows, and knows that he knows, is wise. Follow him.

I think I've managed to work my way to the third category by now. Honestly.

You say you are a common man. I have to take issue with this. It is highly uncommon to take the stance that there is something still to be learned after one reaches the age of majority.

I'm sorry if I shocked you with my response to the earnest young fellow. I can only offer in my defense that I come from a background heavily weighted in science and politics. One of my parents was a Biophysicist, the other a degreed Registered Nurse in a time when it was rare to find one. One was Marxist, the other Congregationalist. Both committed to civil rights advocacy in a time and place when that was dangerous, and they practiced what they preached. I was was very good in Math, got a BS in Biology, an MS in Microbiology with a minor in Biochemistry, did some stints as a Scientist Trainee on an NIH program, worked as a consultant at a major multinational corporation, taught in colleges a while. That doesn't make me the world's authority on anything, not by a long shot. But it has left me with a deep and abiding committment to Science in general and the truth in particular. If the lamp of Science is to be held high and illuminate the world at last, more people need to have their candles lit with the flame of truth, not lies and fakiry and fraud. Yes I mean fakiry. IF someone's hand is sliding into my pocketbook at the same time they are dazzling my eyes with a brilliant display, they are not a peacock and it is time to grab my wallet and run. If they are mucking with my health, it's time to run for my life.

I feel sorry for the guy. Maybe I'll have shocked him into thinking for himself, reading a book or two and learning something. Too many people underestimate me because I'm a woman. I'm not passive. I'm not gentle. I do attempt to be kind. I've slit throats before, and can do it again. I don't enjoy it. But Science deserves to lose some of its adherents who use it as a ruse for lightening other people's pockets without benefit rendered.

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