Friday, August 27, 2004

Good science writing!

I came across this passage in The Mind's I, but it is originally from Richard Dawkin's The Selfish Gene. After experiencing such wonderful writing, one can understand why Dawkins receives the many accolades lauded upon him.

Four thousand million years on, what was to be the fate fo the ancient replicators? they did not die out, for they are pst masters of the survival arts. But do not look for them floating losse in the sea; they gave up that cavalier freedom long ago. Now they swarm in huge colonies, sage inside gigantic lumbering robots, sealed off from the outside world, communicating with it by tortuous indirect routes, manipulating it by remote control. They are in you and they are in me; they created us, body and mine; and their preservation is the ultimate rationale for our existence. They have come a long way, those replicators. Now they go by the name of genes, and we are their survival machines.


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