Unreal Nature

October 13, 2018

To Blunder

Filed under: Uncategorized — unrealnature @ 5:52 am

This is from ‘The Wonderful Mistake’ by Lewis Thomas:

… The capacity to blunder slightly is the real marvel of DNA. Without this special attribute, we would still be anaerobic bacteria and there would be no music.

… Biology needs a better word than “error” for the driving force in evolution. Or maybe “error” will do after all, when you remember that it came from an old root meaning to wander about, looking for something.

-Julie

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