Dogma Usage

The word "Dogma" was probably not the smartest word to use for the process of DNA to RNA to proteins. On Wikipedia, I searched the word "Dogma" and under "Other Usage" I found this little splurt…

'Other usage

The term "dogmatic" is often used disparagingly to refer to any belief that is held stubbornly. It is sometimes applied to political beliefs [3] or even anti-religious beliefs [4]

A notable use of the term can be found in The Central Dogma of Molecular Biology. In his autobiography, What Mad Pursuit, Crick wrote about his choice of the word dogma and some of the problems it caused him:

I called this idea the central dogma for two reasons. I had already used the obvious word hypothesis in the sequence hypothesis, and in addition I wanted to suggest that this new assumption was more central and more powerful. … As it turned out, the use of the word dogma caused almost more trouble than it was worth…. Many years later Jacques Monod pointed out to me that I did not appear to understand the correct use of the word dogma, which is a belief that cannot be doubted. I did apprehend this in a vague sort of way but since I thought that all religious beliefs were without foundation, I used the word the way I myself thought about it, not as most of the world does, and simply applied it to a grand hypothesis that, however plausible, had little direct experimental support.'

Again, this is from wikipedia.

Somebody should have thought before they spoke!

Very interesting!!

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