Sometimes the best way to make a point about what science can do is to recognize what it doesn’t do. And no one is better qualified to make this point than the eminent scholar, John Cleese. This clip will not resolve any of the really difficult and interesting debates about genetic and epigenetic influences and how they are related. But it is a good reminder of what we shouldn’t expect genetics to explain.
Rather than getting red in the face about reductionists in general, and genetic reduction in particular, sometimes laughter is the best medicine.