文抄:"Don’t turn your back on science: An open letter from biologist Richard Dawkins to Prince Charles", The Observer, 21 May, 2000.

“Next, Sir, I think you may have an exaggerated idea of the natural ness of ‘traditional’ or ‘organic’ agriculture. Agriculture has always been unnatural. Our species began to depart from our natural hunter-gatherer lifestyle as recently as 10,000 years ago – too short to measure on the evolutionary timescale.
Wheat, be it ever so wholemeal and stoneground, is not a natural food for Homo sapiens. Nor is milk, except for children. Almost every morsel of our food is genetically modified – admittedly by artificial selection not artificial mutation, but the end result is the same. A wheat grain is a genetically modified grass seed, just as a pekinese is a genetically modified wolf. Playing God? We’ve been playing God for centuries!
The large, anonymous crowds in which we now teem began with the agricultural revolution, and without agriculture we could survive in only a tiny fraction of our current numbers. Our high population is an agricultural (and technological and medical) artifact. It is far more unnatural than the population-limiting methods condemned as unnatural by the Pope. Like it or not, we are stuck with agriculture, and agriculture – all agriculture – is unnatural. We sold that pass 10,000 years ago."
Dawkins, Richard, “Don’t turn your back on science: An open letter from biologist Richard Dawkins to Prince Charles", The Observer, 21 May, 2000. retrieved from: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2000/may/21/gm.food1

早陣子看到消委會說基因改造食物(GM food),隨手寫了一篇。
(請參看舊文:<科學怪粟(?)>

今日剛好看到一篇文,題為<Richard Dawkins談基因改造作物(Richard Dawkins talks about GMO crops)>。一讀,原來是引用一篇十三年前的舊文!

有幾樣重大發現:
 一、 我之前肯定沒有讀過這篇文。
    (肯定我上一篇說GM food時沒有「抄考」。)
 二、 我的看法很相似。
    (雖然我寫得沒那麼好。)
    (這是新聞嗎?)
 三、 輿論在十三年間沒進步過!
    (失望。不過也不是新聞了。)

十三年前,應該還是中學時候。那時候,我應該剛看過《自私的基因(The Selfish Gene》,究竟懂得多少?不好說。肯定不算透徹吧。

後來,他的書也越看越多。(說「多」,其實總共也不是很多本。)究竟受到多少影響?不知道。很多罷。對我思想影響最深者,Richard Dawkins必入三甲。

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