Re: Life in the Lab -- Preface

Darryl W. Maddox (
Sun, 18 Apr 1999 15:58:40 -0500


As a new member of this group let me encourage you (and others who may be having
similar feelings) to provide such information to the group and to those of us who
are mostly silent. As a person trained in geology and who took physics instead
of biology (ok, I had three paleontology courses but that was over 20 years ago
and I only took it bacause I had to) this is mostly quite new to me. Even
repeating some of the arguments can be beneficial because as long as you have new
people you will have people who didn't get it the first time, or who weren't
interested then, or it just didn't soak in. Please keep making the effort.

Darryl wrote:

> Greetings to One and All:
> Before I signed off for my move, I had stated that while I intended to
> provide Brian Harper with references to help him understand from where the
> concensus that life has been made in the lab comes from, that I would not
> waste my time providing references to people who are too stubborn to look
> them up for themselves, and who do not want to believe that what I am saying
> is correct in any event. Since then, I have been reminded through private
> correspondence that my reason for joining this list was not to try to convert
> the half dozen or less people who simply refuse to accept the scientific
> facts when they are presented to them, but to "witness" to the dozen or more
> (normally silent) people who are sitting on the fence or have genuinely open
> minds. While none of the "half dozen" have ever acknowledged the citations I
> have provided, members of the "dozen" often have, in private. So I have
> decided to take up Art Chadwick's challenge and provide citations to the
> entire group, for the benefit of the "dozen".
> I am in the process of assembling my notes and it may be a week before I can
> post my essay. Until then, if anyone would like to request that I discuss
> any specific information, I would be open to suggestions.
> Kevin L. O'Brien