COMMENT NUMBER: 6
Date: Thu, 24 Sep 1998 08:50:59 EST5EDT4,M4.1.0,M10.5.0
From: Joachim Frank
Subject: RE: Evaginations
I appreciate your thoughts and metaphors. The text on the screen is always
too long for me to venture a fast reply -- that's why the msg slumbers for
days in my computer. Your notes are influenced by the circumstances
of the recording -- you speak of the fluidity of my writing while you sit
in the bathtub, and the Northway speaks to you through billboards.
As you scold me for the part with the bells and whistles, I'm writing
an abstract for a keynote lecture entitled The ribosome -- an
astounding molecular machine".
Indeed, the everyday man is so far removed from
understanding any phenomena of the physical world, in this civilization,
that the distinction between animate and inanimate has become almost
irrelevant. In popular view, a pickup truck is by far more complex
than a chicken, and both share the attribute of belonging to a category
of things profoundly mysterious.
That's, as always, only part of my response, since the day must go on.