How odd is it that anyone should not see that all observtion must be for or against some view if it is to be of any service!
One the early nineteenth century view that geologists should be objective observers until sufficient information is accumulated. Much like going “into a gravel pit to count the pebbles and descibe the colours”. Theory and observation are inseparable twins!
It is not reasonable, let alone possible, for a scientist to be the objective observer that society makes them out to be. Culture, personality and experience all play into interpretation of results.
Life is so beautiful that death has fallen in love with it, a jealous, possessive love that grabs at what it can. But life leaps over oblivion lightly, losing only a thing or two of no importance, and gloom is but the passing shadow of a cloud…
This rings true for all of Biology. Death may come once, but life will always persist and be born from the ashes. An ending opens up the door for an opportunity. Such as mushrooms grow on a fallen tree. From a deceased caterpillar are born hundreds of parasitoid wasps. Life will go on.
Our genetic makeup permits a wide range of behaviors—from Ebenezer Scrooge before to Ebenezer Scrooge after. Upbringing, culture, and all the intangibles that we call “free will”.
Stephen Jay Gould
A reminder that our genes decide not who we are, but that we decide where we go with our genes. In a different world, Scrooge may have been the most caring philanthropist of them all.