The NYRB exchange on TB is here: http://www.nybooks.com/articles/7929.
Lewontin also discusses the general point in his little book Biology
as Ideology: The Doctrine of DNA. It ought to be part of the ABCs of
radicals with an interest in science.
At 10:15 AM -0500 4/29/07, Carrol Cox wrote:
>Richard Levins wrote:
>> Patho-physiological and social explanations are not incompatible.
>>An epidemic needs pathogens, vunerability ofpopulations, means of
>>spread. The parameters of epidemics come a from a broader context,
>>which may indeed be the political economy of bee keeping or
>>environmental change including habitats for bees and their
>>nutrition.This is a worthwhile hypothesis to offset the molecular
>>reductionism that is so prevalent. So if recent developments in
>>(capitalist) societies do create the context, the pathways should
>>be traced out.There is no need for sneers when somebody focuses on
>>a different link in the causal chain from our own favorite one. Dick
>Some years ago there was an exchange in NYRB between Lewontin & critics
>which involved the "causes" of tuberculosis. I think that exchanged
>explored this point in some detail.