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Preface
Know yourself!
God created Man in his own image,
Water is the element and this is the origin....
War is the father of all things.
He didn't' want to seem best,but to be so.
Seeing the high Gods by her beauty's lure
There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
...until political greatness and wisdom meet in one,
It follows that the state belongs to the class of objects
One's country is wherever one does well.
...that devil, envy did all the mischief,which the bad bear unto the good,
But if one should guide his life by true principles,
Give me chastity and continence, but not just now.
Ah God! Had I but studied in the days of my foolish youth.
If all evil were prevented, much good would be
Man was created by nature in such a way that reason might dominate the senses
...how we live is so far removed from how we ought to live,
...a kingdom is best entrusted to someone who is better endowed than the rest
In a state of nature we have....no arts, no letters, no society,
I think, therefore I am.
The only possible fence against the world is a thorough knowledge of it.
He whose honor depends on the opinion of the mob
Legislation considers man as he is in order to turn him to good uses in human society. Out of
to "live in Ease, Without great Vices, is a vain
It is fortunate for men to be in a situation in which,
That action is best, which procures the greatest happiness
All is for the best in the best of possible worlds.
How small - of all that human hearts endure - that part which laws or kings can cause or cure.
Man is born free, and everywhere he is in fetters.
It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we expect our dinner,
Out of timber so crooked as that from which man is made nothing entirely straight can be built.
I offer you "...this picture of the human species, liberated from all chains, freed from the empire
...the age of chivalry is gone. -That of sophisters, economists, and calculators, has succeeded;
And yet all grandeur, all power, all subordination rests on the executioner;
The principal object of the present essay is to examine the effects of one great cause.
But even as we contemplate history as this butcher-block,
One has attributed to history the task, to judge the past, and to instruct the present to the benefi
Human societies are at the same time organisms and mechanisms.
It is better to be a human being dissatisfied than a pig satisfied;
Nothing is easier than to admit in words the truth of the universal struggle for life,
...the theory of the Communists may be summed up in a single sentence:Abolition of private property
Life is essentially appropriation, injury, overpowering of the weaker, suppression, hardness
Society is a reality sui generis; it has its own characteristics which one does not find,
The characteristic of the moment is that the mediocre mind,
...behold the bustling crowds that work and trade in order to make a living..."
And it's not clear to me Who is a beast now, who is a man.
Whereof one cannot speak,thereof one must be silent.
The Human Genome Project "is the grail of human genetics... the ultimate answer to the commandment,
History is a violent elimination game, minimizing A/P.
If there is one of you who has not sinned, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.
In short, there are three things that last, faith, hope and love;
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The Human Genome Project "is the grail of human genetics... the ultimate answer to the commandment, 'Know thyself'".

NameWalter Gilbert
Life1932
CountryUSA
CategoryIdealism
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Our social universe can be seen as a solar system in formation. The United States of America is the sun. The other nations are planets, swirling around in the social space, bound by economic-political gravitational forces to the sun.
The system has not stabilized yet. Some planets are much bigger than others and have, like Saturn, a ring of sub-planets around themselves. Some, like China, would like to replace the USA as the Number One Sun, the "Middle Kingdom" of our universe.
The few nation-planets can be seen as big pyramids, built of many small, family-like pyramids. The bigger units, as we said with Socrates, p. 00, are the sum of the smaller parts; that is, of human individuals and their genes and DNA-segments inside each of the small pyramids.
The statement attributed to Walter Gilbert is right. The new genetic knowledge, "the grail", will bring us closer to a scientifically correct Delphic self-knowledge than anything yet known. It will tell us that the Thaleian view of us as inflated bacteria from a drop of water is, by and large, scientifically correct. The Genesis idea that we are God-like and can remake nature by fiat will more and more be recognized for what it is - human vanity bordering upon hubris.
Professor Gilbert is a relatively unknown philosopher in today's heap of Nobel Prize winners. Progress in knowledge, as in anything else that has to do with our instruments, is now a collective affair, a "co-thinking within Superbrains". All modern social pyramids are such Superbrains.
Pyramids have, by and large, the same form. When they grow in size, this means, by necessity, that the gaps between the top (Dr. Gilbert), and the bottom, (you and me), will also grow.
Inside a growing Superbrain, the more capable
and intelligent tend to flow upwards, and the less so, downwards. The growing gaps take the form of increasing differences in income, power and status. Those at the bottom become envious and, like Amos and Marx, start to cry for Equality. The successful respond by defending themselves behind a wall of arrogance.
Historically, this seems to be an almost unavoidable process within all social pyramids, as well as between the small and big ones. Given the extremely myopic here-and-now perspective of almost all individuals, this deterministic rule is seen by few, understood by fewer and accepted by the fewest. The result is that we are drifting towards new class conflicts, this time on a global level.
Unless we are able to stop the drifting!
One way to do so might be to face the fact that we are not equal, but unequal, born so - but marginally!
Between any two unrelated individuals there are approximately three million differences in our DNA-building blocks. It sounds like a lot, but it is only one tenth of one percent of the three billion DNA-segments of which we are made.
Genetically, however, "the most different humans on the Earth are less different than two gorillas from the same forest in West Africa". Thus, from a gorilla point of view, all Homo sapiens praedators are extremely similar. It is, indeed, fully correct that in front of God or Nature all humans are created alike.
Add the truth that the small differences that do exist, the 0.1 percent, were not created by ourselves, but by the distribution of the genetic deck of cards when we and our closest forefathers (back, say, for ten generations) were born.
Knowing this about ourselves, all feelings of arrogance and envy seem highly unjustified, even stupid!
 
 

 
 


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