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Ed's Favorite Quotations. Emphasis added. References below.

SIR PETER BRIAN MEDAWAR

   
Aristotle to Zoos: A Philosophical Dictionary of Biology.

ANIMALS AND HUMAN OBLIGATIONS
"The record of human aggression as it affects other species is a dismal one that records the extinction of roughly three hundred species in the last three hundred years, among them . . . the Tasmanian wolf. The Tasmanian people, too, have been exterminated (the last native Tasman died in 1876).
"
1a

BIOENGINEERING
"Nothing in biological principle stands in the way of our applying the most powerful known technique of genetic engineering, artificial selection, to treat people, in effect, like dogs; for this is how we have treated dogs.
"1b

BIOGENESIS
" . . . [T]he Law of Biogenesis states that all living organisms are the progeny of living organisms that went before them. . . the progeny of mice are mice and of men, men -- "homogenesis," or
like begetting like.
"1c

CHROMOSOMES
"The reproduction of chromosomes is the primordial act of replication in biology: a chromosome is not synthesized de novo but is assembled as a copy of a preexisting chromosome; in other words,
a chromosome forms only when there was one before.
"1d SCHRODINGER

GENE
" . . . [G]
enes are messages . . .
"1e SCHRODINGER DAWKINS

HYPOTHESIS AND THEORY
"A hypothesis is an imaginative preconception of what the truth might be. . .
A theory is a hypothesis together with . . . the deductive inferences we draw from it. It follows, then, that a theory cannot be logically proved to be true . . .
"
1f

INSTINCT
"Biology has no greater triumph to look forward to than a solution of the problem of
how a program of instinctual behavior is genetically stored and epigenetically retrieved.
"1g

ORDER IN BIOLOGY
"Order permeates biology through and through.
. . . No generalization in physical science is more firmly established than that which declares that
the direction of flow of events in the universe is always from less probable to more probable . . .
"1h PLANCK BOHM


  

P.B. Medawar and J.S. Medawar. Aristotle to Zoos: A Philosophical Dictionary of Biology. P.B. Medawar and J.S. Medawar, 1983. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
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Advice to a Young Scientist.


  
P.B. Medawar. Advice to a Young Scientist. (The Sloan Science Series.) HarperCollins Publishers, 1981.
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The Strange Case of the Spotted Mice: And Other Classic Essays on Science.


  
 

P.B. Medawar. The Strange Case of the Spotted Mice: And Other Classic Essays on Science. Oxford University Press, 1996.
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Memoir of a Thinking Radish: An Autobiography.


  
  P.B. Medawar. Memoir of a Thinking Radish: An Autobiography. (Oxford Letters & Memoirs.) Oxford University Press, 1988.
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Interesting Link
  • Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia; and Peter Brian Medawar, University College London, United Kingdom. The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1960 "for discovery of acquired immunological tolerance." http://nobelprize.org/medicine/laureates/1960/index.html
  

* Italics in the original.

1 P.B. Medawar and J.S. Medawar. Aristotle to Zoos: A Philosophical Dictionary of Biology. P.B. Medawar and J.S. Medawar, 1983. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
a 
ANIMALS AND HUMAN OBLIGATIONS, at 19.
b 
BIOENGINEERING, at 37.
c
 
BIOGENESIS, at 39.
d 
CHROMOSOMES, at 57.
e 
GENE, at 114.
f
 
HYPOTHESIS AND THEORY, at 148-149.
g
 
INSTINCT, at 161.
h 
ORDER IN BIOLOGY, at 204.

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