Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Science-speak gem of the day

Science writing occasionally barfs up pithy nuggets, worthy of Basho or Rumsfeld:

"An unexpected residual excess of teleological thinking has influenced the evolution of biological sciences during the last few decades."

J. F. Linares, I. Gustafsson, F. Baquero, and J. L. Martinez (2006). Antibiotics as intermicrobial signaling agents instead of weapons. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 103:51, 19484-19489.

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