On Making the Genome Whole

The ongoing “epigenetic revolution” in molecular biology is rewriting our understanding of the living organism. The new developments are so radical in their implications that they may lead to a reconceptualization of science rivaling any paradigm change of the past.
 

In a series of essays published in his online newsletter NetFuture, New Atlantis contributing editor Steve Talbott has been exploring this shift in molecular biology — explaining the findings and weighing their significance.


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Stephen L. Talbott

Contributing Editor

Stephen L. Talbott, a New Atlantis contributing editor, is a senior researcher at The Nature Institute in Ghent, New York. He is the creator of the institute’s BiologyWorthyofLife.org website and the editor of NetFuture, the institute's online newsletter about technology and human responsibility which the New York Times has called an “undiscovered national treasure.” He is the author of Devices of the Soul: Battling for Our Selves in an Age of Machines (O’Reilly, 2007), The Future Does Not Compute: Transcending the Machines in Our Midst (O’Reilly, 1995), and co-author of Beyond Biotechnology: The Barren Promise of Genetic Engineering (University Press of Kentucky, 2008). Mr. Talbott also serves as editor of In Context, the Nature Institute’s twice-yearly hardcopy journal. Before coming to the Nature Institute, Mr. Talbott did software work and technical writing for engineering organizations of computer manufacturers, ran a family organic farm in Oregon, and completed academic work in philosophy.

Mr. Talbott’s primary undertaking right now is a critique of conventional science with a view toward establishing the foundations of a new, qualitative science. This project, which requires an extraordinarily radical assessment of contemporary habits of thought, is discussed in more detail on the Nature Institute’s website here.

Mr. Talbott can be reached at stevet@netfuture.org.


In The New Atlantis


Evolution and the Purposes of Life

Number 51 ~ Winter 2017

Evolution and the Illusion of Randomness

Number 33 ~ Fall 2011

What Do Organisms Mean?

Number 30 ~ Winter 2011

The Unbearable Wholeness of Beings

Number 29 ~ Fall 2010

Getting Over the Code Delusion

Number 28 ~ Summer 2010

The Logic of Science; Biodiversity and the Bible

Number 19 ~ Winter 2008

Ghosts in the Evolutionary Machinery

Number 18 ~ Fall 2007

The Language of Nature

Number 15 ~ Winter 2007

Logic, DNA, and Poetry

Number 8 ~ Spring 2005

A More Child-Like Science

Number 4 ~ Winter 2004

A Conversation with Nature

Number 3 ~ Fall 2003

Books


  • Beyond Biotechnology: The Barren Promise of Genetic Engineering (University Press of Kentucky, 2008)
  • Devices of the Soul: Battling for Our Selves in an Age of Machines (O’Reilly, 2007)
  • The Future Does Not Compute: Transcending the Machines in Our Midst (O’Reilly, 1995)

  • Other Publications


  • “Do Physical Laws Make Things Happen?,” Netfuture, March 16, 2004
  • “The Deceiving Virtues of Technology,” Netfuture, November 15, 2001
  • “On Forgetting to Wear Boots,” Netfuture, February 1, 2001
  • “The Many Voices of Destiny,” Netfuture, February 16, 2000
  • “Computers, the Internet, and the Abdication of Consciousness,” C.G. Jung Page, 2000
  • “Can Technology Make the Handicapped Whole?,” Netfuture, July 21, 1999
  • “Between Discordant Eras,” Archetype, September 1998
  • “Meetings with a Snake,” Research Bulletin of the Waldorf Education Research Institute, March 1997