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Some thoughts on Biology as Ideology, by R.C. Lewontin.
What makes genes so exciting? In part of the text we read that understanding gene results in understanding the individuals and understanding individuals, makes understanding societies, cultures, etc. easier. In other parts of the text, we read that science is also an instrument for better manipulating our environment for our benefit.

I am wondering If all the hype about genes comes simply from the fact that we want to manipulate societies and we think that genes are the source. We seem to believe that there should be a starting point that gives us more power to maneuver. And that is genes as controllers of individuals and as a result society. But what if genes are simply another body part? What if we are not truly controlled by them?

What if we are misled by the idea that the smaller parts are responsible for the qualities in a larger scale?

I was amazed to be the notion of our scientific processes being affected by our general ideologies. Like for example how when we observe a cell, we usually tend to assign some humane qualities to it and try to find out behaviors that “make sense” to us. What if we are missing things just because we are not used to be looking for them and as a result continue to reproduce the same ideas?

Part of the book is brought here.

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