Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Lysenkoist Solution

I had to look this up after reading Paul Krugman's column of why academics are increasing not conservatives or even Republicans. Why? Because by nature they're politbureaucrats like these.

"This development was the Soviet acceptance of a Lysenkoist idea of genetics. Lysenko, a botanist, challenged the traditional Mendelian account of genetics based on heredity by arguing that environment determined plant characteristics. Claiming that Mendel’s work was “undialectical”, Lysenko’s August 1948 address at the Soviet Academy of Natural Sciences resulted in the decreed acceptance of Lysenkoist principals by all Soviet researchers and the dismissal of those who refused to drop Mendelian genetics."

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