Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Lee Silver holds his own

I finally got around to watching that Colbert Report episode with Prof. Lee Silver (thank you, TiVo!).
It's tough to get a word in edgewise with Colbert, but Silver took the offensive early, countering Colbert's bombast by politely asking him to lay out everything he knows about genetic engineering. "I'll ask the questions here," replied a clearly outmatched Colbert.
I think Silver was able to get his message out about balancing "nature" and "technology". My concern is that when the show describes him as believing that "cloning and gene splicing are the way of the future", that viewers will misunderstand the meaning of the words and mentally catalog Silver in the same cubby as the Raelians.
Anyway, the interview's hilarious. Watch it here.



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