Fw: Re: [Re:] types of organization

Prof. Dov Por dovpor at NETVISION.NET.IL
Sun Feb 6 17:28:53 CST 2000

Don, Of course you can continue to play the reductionist way and say that
the cell is a  complex of mitochondria, peroxisomes,spirochetes and
whatever. And all these bacteria are in turn...., etc.etc.. The problem is
one of hierarchy, of more complex organisation of the parts. By reducing
complexity to its atoms  you do not explain it., you only create flat
mechanistic models.You loose the qualitative aspect which is supremely
important, especially when you speak of the bag of protozoans called  Homo.
A cell in an organism does not compare to a   free-living cell, even when
you keep it artificially and feed it   as an embryonic stem cell., for your
devious human needs. .
Dov Por
-----Original Message-----
From: Don McAllister <mcall at SUPERAJE.COM>
Date: 06 February 2000 16:32
Subject: Re: [Re:] types of organization

>"Prof. Dov Por" wrote:
>> Thomas,
>> You are right in your criticism. One-celled  beings are not organisms.
>> have been used to know that there are three
>> levels:cell-tissue-organism.Organisms for instance  have an embryology
>> which the unicells do not have. Organisms are complex structures in which
>> many different cells participate.
>What is a fertilized human egg?  How many cells/tissues does the developing
>embryo have to have before it becomes an organism?
>Don McAllister

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