Monday, April 29, 2013

François Jacob, Geneticist Who Pointed to How Traits Are Inherited, Dies at 92
In The Possible and the Actual (Le Jeu des possibles, 1981), French Geneticist François Jacob draws connections between science and myth. Scientific enquiry, he says, begins with inventing a possible world. The same happens with the creation of Myth.

Myths and science fulfill a similar function: they both provide human beings with a representation of the world and of the forces that are supposed to govern it. They both fix the limits of what is considered as possible.
— François Jacob
The Possible and the Actual (1982), 9.

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