One of the surest signs of the shnood is the portentous repetition of the following two slogans:
Biology will be the physics of the 21st century.
The future of the world is in China and India.
Let me translate for you:
You know the field of Darwin, Pasteur, and Mendel, the field that fills almost every page of Science and Nature, the field that gave rise to modern medicine and transformed the human condition over the last few centuries? Well, don’t count it out entirely! This plucky newcomer among the sciences is due to make its mark. Another thing you shouldn’t count out is the continent of Asia, which is situated next to Europe. Did you know that China, far more than a source of General Tso’s Chicken, has been one of the centers of human civilization for 4,000 years? And did you know that Gandhi and Ramanujan both hailed from a spunky little country called India? It’s true!
Let me offer my own counterslogans:
Biology will be the biology of the 21st century.
The future of China and India is in China and India, respectively.