Freshman Quotes (3 quotes)
A very sincere and serious freshman student came to my office with a question that had clearly been troubling him deeply. He said to me, I am a devout Christian and have never had any reason to doubt evolution, an idea that seems both exciting and well documented. But my roommate, a proselytizing evangelical, has been insisting with enormous vigor that I cannot be both a real Christian and an evolutionist. So tell me, can a person believe both in God and in evolution? Again, I gulped hard, did my intellectual duty, a nd reassured him that evolution was both true and entirely compatible with Christian belief a position that I hold sincerely, but still an odd situation for a Jewish agnostic.
I was thrown out of NYU in my freshman year for cheating on my metaphysics final. You know, I looked within the soul of the boy sitting next to me.
[Describing a freshman seminar titled How the Tabby Cat Got Her Stripes or The Silence of the Genes:] The big idea we start with is: How is the genome interpreted, and how are stable decisions that affect gene expression inherited from one cell to the next? This is one of the most competitive areas of molecular biology at the moment, and the students are reading papers that in some instances were published this past year. As a consequence, one of the most common answers I have to give to their questions is, We just don't know.