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Steve Jones
(24 Mar 1944 - )

Welsh geneticist and writer who popularizes sciences through his books, lectures, newspaper columns (as in The Daily Telegraph and as a television presenter.

Science Quotes by Steve Jones (6 quotes)

...philosophy is to science as pornography is to sex.
— Steve Jones
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Science quotes on:  |  Philosophy (213)  |  Pornography (2)  |  Science (1699)  |  Sex (48)

Genetics as a whole is the great over-hyped science, and geneticists know that even if they don't say it. All that genetics really is is anatomy plus an enormous research group grant. It's what anatomists did in the fifteenth century-looking at the heart and seeing how it worked. Now, we are doing the same with DNA
— Steve Jones
Quoted by Sean O'Hagan, in 'End of sperm report', The Observer (14 Sep 2002).
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Genetics has always turned out to be much more complicated than it seemed reasonable to imagine. Biology is not like physics. The more we know, the less it seems that there is one final explanation waiting to be discovered.
— Steve Jones
John Mitchinson and John Lloyd, If Ignorance Is Bliss, Why Aren't There More Happy People?: Smart Quotes for Dumb Times (2009), 275.
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The one thing that scientists ought to be is humble because they, more than anyone, know how little they can explain.
— Steve Jones
Quoted by Sean O'Hagan, in 'End of sperm report', The Observer (14 Sep 2002).
Science quotes on:  |  Anyone (26)  |  Explanation (161)  |  Humble (23)  |  Knowledge (1128)  |  Little (126)  |  More (9)  |  Ought (3)  |  Scientist (447)

There's a tendency these days to use science as a religion, and to see geneticists as the high priests of that religion. But, the irony is that, as geneticists know more, they get less and less confident.
— Steve Jones
Quoted by Sean O'Hagan, in 'End of sperm report', The Observer (14 Sep 2002).
Science quotes on:  |  Confident (6)  |  Day (38)  |  Geneticist (11)  |  High (78)  |  Irony (6)  |  Knowledge (1128)  |  Less (54)  |  Priest (16)  |  Religion (210)  |  Science (1699)  |  Tendency (40)

We are going through the body-snatching phase right now, and there are all these Burke and Hare attitudes towards geneticists-that they are playing God and that DNA is sacred. No, it's not. It's no more sacred than your toenails. Basically, we are not going to make long-term medical progress without understanding how the genes work.
[Referring to the similarity of fears and superstitions in genetics as once were associated with anatomy ]
— Steve Jones
Quoted by Sean O’Hagan, in 'End of sperm report', The Observer (14 Sep 2002).
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