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By Bardini, Thierry

Are we made up of junk? Thierry Bardini believes we're. interpreting an array of cybernetic constructions from genetic codes to conversation networks, he explores the concept that so much of tradition and nature, together with people, consists essentially of dead, yet regularly possibly recyclable, fabric another way often called "junk."
Bardini unravels the presence of junk on the interface among technological know-how fictions and fictions of technology, displaying that molecular biology and pop culture because the early Sixties belong to a similar culture-cyberculture-which is basically a tradition of junk. He attracts on a wide selection of resources, together with the writings of Philip okay. Dick and William S. Burroughs, interviews with scientists in addition to "crackpots," and paintings in genetics, cybernetics, and physics to help his rivalry that junk DNA represents a blind spot in our realizing of life.
At an identical time, Junkware examines the cultural historical past that ended in the encoding and interpreting of lifestyles itself and the modern turning of those codes right into a commodity. yet he additionally contends that, past strong and evil, the basic "junkiness" of this new topic is either the symptom and the aptitude cure.

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I describe an argument that took place in the pages of Nature in 1980, and show that a display of authority (and a logical fallacy) allowed relative closure on a certain picture of DNA, a picture of DNA solely devoted to being the carrier of protein-encoding genes. 2 gigabases actually encoding proteins, a third transcribed into RNA, and more than half devoted to repeated sequences. ”6 But the very category that Baltimore used to characterize the majority of DNA bases, “parasitic,” stemmed, as we shall see, from the episode studied hereafter.

27 In response to an e-mail in which I asked him about the origin of this notion of junk as a group of DNA sequences capable of quantum drift, McFadden laconically replied, “I’m afraid this is entirely (uninformed) speculation. My thesis is that DNA may drift into the quantum world whenever it becomes sufficiently isolated from the environment. ” Chapter 1, or a Repressor Complex 37 As we shall see now, we should thus consider not one but two basic narratives trying to make sense of genetic insignificance: the first, aka selfish DNA framework, became standard for a while; the second, however, was also available to me when I started this project.

It thus establishes that the standard model of molecular biology, centered on Crick’s Central Dogma and its ubiquitous cybernetic metaphor, extended by Dawkins’s selfish hypothesis, is but one way to characterize junk DNA, and a troubling one at that, logically flawed and established in an authoritarian way. The remaining chapters of this first part then proceed to describe an alternative account of biomolecular junk, pre- and postdating Crick’s decision. Chapter 2 thus describes the moves from “garbage” to “junk” DNA in the 1960s and 1970s, and what junk slowly became when it entered the realm of simulation, in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

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