Illusions of Linguistics and Illusions of Modern Synthesis: Two Parallel Stories

Alexander Bolshoy, Ľudmila Lacková

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Metaphors involve immense explanatory power and positive impact predominantly in the scientific education and popularization. Still the use of metaphors in science might be a double-edged sword. Introduction of the computer metaphor to many scientific fields in the last century resulted in reductionist approaches, oversimplifications and mechanistic explanations in science as well as in humanities. In this short commentary we developed further the computer metaphor by prof. Noble and the illusions this metaphor led to in genetics, linguistics and consequently DNA linguistics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-119
Number of pages5
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2021

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  • Central dogma of modern synthesis
  • DNA linguistics
  • Genetic code
  • Linguistics
  • Metaphor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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