5 Questions in Evolutionary Theory: Interviews

My grandfather was a self-educated socialist who believed that every worker should know at least evolution, cosmology, and history. His views of evolution were Lamarckian, and that primed me to be fascinated by Lysenko’s critique of genetics that seemed so dynamic compared to the “bean bag genetics” we got in high school.  At the same time I met Marxist dialectics through the works of Haldane, Bernal, Needham, and Oparin. I dreamed interactions, connectivity, contradiction, wholeness and developed an aesthetic of complexity. In college I tried some Lysenkoist experiments (graft hybridization of tomatoes, the effects of pollen mixtures in corn) that turned out inconclusive for technical reasons.

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