If you consider yourself a man of science, or even an admirer of men of science, you are obliged to read and heed Steve Talbott's instruction:
What we can no longer doubt is this: every organism pursues its own purposes by means of its active capacities — capacities for developing and shaping its own body, sensing and responding to stimuli, repairing and healing, signaling and communicating. At every level of observation — and all the way down to its molecular structures and processes — the organism displays a plastic, adaptive power responsive to context. The essential elements of the organism are activities and dynamically maintained relationships, not static things.
Through its living activity, the organism speaks. That’s why biologists use terms such as “information”, “code”, “message”, “signal”, “program”, “response”, “communication”, and so on — all in order to express the language-like activity they can’t help trying to describe (even if they prefer to think in terms of computerized rather than living speech). And just as words and gestures carry many meanings, even opposite meanings, depending on their context, so it is with all the structures and processes of our cells, including our genes. The language of the organism is turning out to be vastly more complex, expressive, and nuanced than our old, mechanistic heritage ever led us to expect.
It’s time we let organisms speak for themselves. That is the opportunity and responsibility of the new science of biology.
I estimate that I’ve read no more than a fourth of the material now available at The Nature Institute, but each portion was bold and enriching. The science of biology will not abide the materialists and reductionists. All that’s left to them is trying to turn back the clock of progress.
We prideful men have so much to learn.