, Volume 5, Issue 3, p 211
Date: 05 May 2012

Response to Pauline Hogeweg’s review of my book, “Evolution: a view from the 21st century”

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It is a great irony to be criticized in a journal with the adventurous title of “Evolutionary Intelligence” for using the terms “‘cognitive’, ‘sentient’ and ‘thoughtful,’” as Pauline Hogeweg did in her review. I myself, by the way, never used the term “thoughtful.” It appeared in a quotation from Barbara McClintock’s fascinating and instructive 1983 Nobel Prize lecture (the text is at http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1983/, and my take on it can be found at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-a-shapiro/barbara-mcclintock_b_1223618.html).

Pauline accuses me of using “suggestive language.” However, I described exactly what I meant by cognition (=action based on knowledge acquired through sensing), and Part I of the book provides precise molecular descriptions of the sensory cell systems used to acquire that knowledge by bacteria, yeast and mammalian cells. I think this manner of proceeding deserves the term “explicit” rather than “suggestive,” even from someone wh ...

This response refers to 10.1007/s12065-012-0069-4