Hi Jonathan, Would you please provide more info and critique about this "counterrevolutionary competition"? Thanks. Mitchel At 09:52 AM 9/24/2020, Jonathan Latham wrote: >The counterrevolutionary competition has 10million more to spend: > >"The Alliance will continue to amplify >pro-science voices from Africa, South Asia and >Latin America through an expanded presence at >international events, such as meetings convened >by the Food and Agriculture Organization and United Nations. > >“International policy discussions are too >often dominated by anti-science groups from the >global North,” said AfS Global Policy Lead >Pablo Orozco, a 2016 AfS Fellow from Guatemala >who has mobilized Fellows and others to >participate in key international gatherings. >“It’s so important that scientists, >smallholder farmers and social justice activists >from developing nations have a voice in >decisions that profoundly affect their food security and quality of life.”" ><https://allianceforscience.cornell.edu/blog/2020/09/alliance-for-science-expands-mission-with-10-million-reinvestment/>https://allianceforscience.cornell.edu/blog/2020/09/alliance-for-science-expands-mission-with-10-million-reinvestment/ > >Jonathan >Jonathan Latham, PhD >Executive Director >The Bioscience Resource Project, >Ithaca, NY 14850 USA > >Websites: >www.independentsciencenews.org >www.poisonpapers.org >www.bioscienceresource.org > >Tel: 1-607-319-0279 >Skype: jonathanlatham2 >Twitter and Facebook: @Biosrp >Please sign on to our mailing list: >https://www.independentsciencenews.org/subscribe/ > >Notice: Please forgive any delays and slow news. >I am writing a book about genetics and genetic determinism. > >It is provisionally titled: The Myth of The >Master Molecule: DNA and the Social Order > >The contention of the book is that the key >organising principle of Western thought is the >seemingly innocuous and seemingly simple idea >that our personal qualities are biologically >inherited. That is, our character derives from >our ancestors rather than being an >always-adapting product of our own experiences, >decisions, and education. The book makes the >case, first, that genetic determinism is a >scientific fallacy. Organisms are self-organised >systems and therefore are not genetically >determined. Second, the explanation for the >myth, which originated in Mesopotamia before >6,000 years ago, is its utility. Genetic >determinism rationalises political systems based >on genetic privilege. The result was the >dismantling of ancient cultures based on >inclusiveness and egalitarianiism and their >transformation into rigid structures of >authoritarian domination based on separation and >division: into families, classes, races, >nations, sexes (i.e. patriarchy), and species. >The final proposition of the book is that >propagating the myth was the chief aim of >Zoroastrianism and all the Abrahamic religions. >Since the 1850s, this role has been appropriated >by science. By recognizing how the founding myth >of Western civilization is being re-told in the >language of science we can start to dismantle >and replace it with a more humane and scientific understanding of the world.