ntang (ntang) wrote,

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"A New Germ Theory"

Dunno if this is old news to anyone, but a really interesting (and old) article on theatlantic.com:


"For decades medical science was dominated by the doctrine of "commensalism" -- the notion that the pathogen-host relationship inevitably evolves toward peaceful coexistence, and the pathogen itself toward mildness, because it is in the germ's interest to keep its host alive. This sounds plausible, but it happens to be wrong. The Darwinian struggle of people and germs is not necessarily so benign. Evolutionary change in germs can go either way, as parasitologists and population geneticists have realized -- toward mildness or toward virulence. It was Ewald's insight to realize what we might do about it."

I haven't finished it yet (have you noticed that about me? I tend to be reading a dozen things at once, and every time I finish one I start another.) but I wanted to post and point it out to people out there. What I have read of it is quite interesting. I found it on Eric S. Raymond's blog, which is, unsurprisingly, a very interesting read as well.

What did I find most amusing, and most striking? He takes and posts poll results. :) That just amuses me to no end, I have to say.

I've heard him talk a few times, and met him and talked to him in a non-open-source venue once (actually my wife and I had dinner with him and his wife, which was interesting, but I don't really share a lot in common with him other than our support of open source, and I really didn't feel like getting into a conversation about anything remotely technical with someone like that. Since I'm a terrible conversationalist most of the time, and was feeling rather awkward (not because of any celebrity factor, but for many other reasons), the entire experience wasn't especially wonderful, but such is life.) and he's a nice guy, very interesting and very quirky, as you might expect. Not a lot else to add, it was only really for an hour or two, and honestly I don't remember most of it other than the food being bad. If people are really curious, I can post about it, but it doesn't seem worth it.

Anyways, to get back on track: read the article, it's very interesting. Oh, and http://status.livejournal.com/ has been updated with more information. I assume lj_maintenance will be soon, as well.

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