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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.

--PG

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.
>
>Carrol