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Cladistics a Snore?!
>From Ed Regis' review of Bryson's 'A Short History of Nearly
Everything' in the Sunday NY Times:
Bryson might go on for too long about such (to my mind) anesthetizing
subjects as trilobites, mosses, lichens, continental drift, plate
tectonics, taxonomy and cladistics (don't ask),
but these snores are more than offset by his vivid descriptions
of natural processes like those that occur inside a living cell:
''If you could visit a cell, you wouldn't like it,'' he says.
The reviewer prefers to cladistics a description of debris inside
a cell whizzing around and pummeling, whipping, slicing, and
whacking the less mobile contents.
Actually, if he read any of the slings slung at cladistics here,
he'd feel energized. The similarity between these discussions
and the weather in a cell is obvious, except that, unlike in
a cell, the resulting structural damage is irreparable.
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